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Updated on : 05-Dec-2019 0600 UTC
The vessel remains in the same position with no additional tanks breached. All pollutants from the ship have now been removed and transferred ashore except for 10 tons of diesel oil required to run the emergency generator. The salvors are busy with preparations for refloating the vessel. Nine crew members and a team from the managers are helping the salvors as required. Our crew is now staying ashore in more comfortable living conditions and they are being well cared for. They are on standby to go on site with the salvors upon request. The salvors will attempt to refloat the vessel on 14th December due to expected high water and tide on that day. The ship remains tied to a tug aft to avoid further damage to the hull due to tides and waves. Further regular updates will be provided on this website. For further information, please contact Edward Ion( Director, Navigate Response Asia) operations@navigateresponse.com
Updated on : 01-Dec-2019 18:00 1200 UTC
“The vessel remains in the same position with no additional tanks breached. Salvage team in conjunction with the skeleton crew have transferred all the oil from the engine room to the deck slop tanks from where it is being pumped ashore to trucks located on the cliff close by. This transfer is expected to complete by 2nd December. Meanwhile the preparations for sealing the ballast tanks is progressing in preparation for an attempt to float at the next spring tide on 14th December. There has been no pollution or injury to any personnel during the daily activities. Only 6 crew are left on board assisting the salvage team with their knowledge of vessel. The remaining have been repatriated or about to be repatriated as soon as formalities are completed.”
Statement updated on : 29-Nov-2019 16:00 UTC
Vessel is still not afloat. One tug is engaged to keep the hull away from the surrounding rocks in high water. The salvage team is working round the clock with one team on board and one team ashore. The priority now is to empty the engine room of all oil. Team from hull underwriters & SCR appointed by the PNI club are on site. Manager's representatives are on site coordinating with the 9 crew members on board and the salvage team. The operations including transfer of personnel by helicopter have been done safely with no report of injury or pollution. Besides the reported breach of ballast tanks no other breach has been reported. Regular updates will be provided on this website. For further information, please contact Edward Ion(Director Navigate Response Asia) operations@navigateresponse.com
Statement updated on : 26-Nov-2019 12:00 UTC
The owners and managers held a meeting with the Spanish authorities and the salvage team on the 25th of November 2019. The actions to be taken were discussed and were agreed by all parties. On the following day the salvage team commenced mobilizing their equipment for the salvage. The vessel managers have a team on board to work with the crew and the salvage team and another team ashore for coordination between various parties. The crew remain on board and are safe and there is no oil spill or pollution. Some of the crew in consultation with the salvage company have been signed off to accommodate the salvage team. Further updates will be provided on this website. For further information, please contact Edward Ion (Director Navigate Response Asia) operations@navigateresponse.com
Statement updated on : 25-Nov-2019 06:00 UTC
The oil/chemical carrier BLUE STAR (IMO: 9527764) ran aground following loss of power of the main engine while she was off the coast of La Coruna, Spain on 22 Nov 2230 UTC. The vessel was in ballast condition at that time. There is no injury and no pollution due to this incident to date. As at 25 Nov 0600 UTC, BLUE STAR is still in position while the salvage team is working on the required strategy to re-float the vessel. Owner’s representative and team from managers are on site and in discussion with the harbour master and port authorities. Regular updates will be provided on this website. For further information, please contact: Edward Ion (Director, Navigate Response Asia) operations@navigateresponse.com

   
 
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