The captain of stranded Formosa Falcon tanker ship reported that at Freeport anchorage, the 39,307 ton motor tanker was close to another vessel and while trying to change her position was forced by the 15 knots westerly winds aground.
The stranded fuel tanker, loaded with 12,796 tons of alkalyte, was examined by a Port Department inspector, Freeport Harbour company representative and agents for the vessel. They stated that the vessel is grounded at her bow and her hull is intact. No evidence of alkalyte emission were found.
Marine salvage experts, international and local, are at the place and have already made two unsuccessful attempts to refloat the vessel by using Formosa Falcon own engines and tugboats.
The next attempt will be in the morning. As a temporary measure, in case of a bad weather, the tanker will be secured and kept in her place by tugs.
Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister for Transport and Aviation, stated that they are in touch with representatives of Formosa Falcon's owners in order to asses properly the situation and to take immediately appropriate actions. The situation is monitored by the Ministry and the Port Department, which will conduct a full investigation of the incident.
At the moment, the Port Department inspector is on the board of the tanker, also the National Oil Spill Advisory Committee has been alert.
Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin will fully inform on any further developments of the situation.