On April 17, Tromso, an oil tanker, ran aground in the Diego Suarez Bay entrance (north Madagascar). The vessel was en route from Al Fujayrah (UAE) loaded with 10,000 cubic meter of crude oil. The incident caused damage on one of its two hulls.
According to Jerome Sambalis, specialist from the Madagascar's port authority, salvage teams and vessels have been dispatched to the area in order to prevent eventual oil unleashing into the Emerald Sea. He added:
"The ship's owners have chartered an aircraft from South Africa to send a specialised team and equipment."
The Madagascar authorities hope that the crude oil can be pumped out of the stricken tanker into another vessel that is on its way from the Seychelles. There are no reports of spill so far.
According to Sambalis, the cause of the incident is a human error. The tanker was a great attraction for the tourists at the resort town Ramena. They described how the vessel floundered around 1.2 miles (2 km) off the coast.
Tromso (IMO number 9435791 and MMSI 311013300) is an oil tanker registered in the Bahamas. The 12,934-ton vessel was built in 2008 and is managed by World Tankers Management PTE (Singapore).