Irish Coast Guard reported for a stricken chemical tanker, MT Hellespont Charger, off Ireland carrying 15,000 tonnes caustic soda. The ship drifts in heavy seas with 22 crew members on board. Irish Coastguard assists with everything needed after MT Hellespont Charger lost power off the West coast of Ireland.
The chemical tanker has problems with the main engines. The weather is not in favor of the vessel, there are strong winds and 6m swells towards the Irish coast. MT Hellespont Charger was 100 miles west of Loop Head when the problem with the main engine appeared. The chemical tanker is Marshall Islands-flagged and was sailing from Corpus Christi in Texas to Aughinish in the Shannon Estuary when the engines problems started.
Information about MT Hellespont Charger shows that the ship has 22 crew members and they asked for assistance. The Irish Coast Guard is coordinating the operation for helping the 12,000 tonne chemical tanker. According to sources, crew members and the ship are safe for the moment. The plan for assistance is to send an ocean going tug to help the drifting MT Hellespont Charger. The Irish Coast Guard is constantly monitoring the operation and the situation of the chemical tanker.
The incident is similar to the Abuk Lion vessel that lost power off the West Cork coast recently. The vessel was sailing from Aughinish to St Petersburg, carrying bauxite when lost power off the Old of Head of Kinsale and needed an assistance.