Following the incident onboard Stolt Groenland on 28th September 2019, Stolt Tankers continues to work closely with the authorities in South Korea to arrange for the safe removal of fuel and cargo from the ship which remains berthed in a stable condition in the port of Ulsan. We thank the authorities for their approval for the Groenland to remain at Yeompo Quay where she is currently secured. Stolt Tankers believe that this is the safest location from which to undertake discharge operations.
Stolt Tankers would again like to express its deepest sympathy to those that sustained injuries during this incident. We also offer our sincere apologies to the City of Ulsan and its people for the disruption which has been caused to the community.
The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown and investigations by the local Coast Guard and the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch, on behalf of the Cayman Islands flag are ongoing, with Stolt Tankers continuing to offer its full cooperation. There were no cargo or tank cleaning operations underway at the time of the incident.
Stolt Groenland suffered an explosion and consequent fire whilst berthed at Yeompo Quay resulting in injuries to workers in the vicinity of the vessel and a temporary closure of one of the bridges near the port area. All 25 crew of Stolt Groenland were safely evacuated from the ship with one minor injury to one of our seafarers reported. There has been no leakage of fuel or cargo as a result of the incident and a subsequent dive survey has confirmed that the hull of the vessel remains intact.
Updated 9th October, 2019