Aframax detained off Quebec

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The massive, 107,000-DWT tanker Genmar Daphne has been detained by Transport Canada and currently is anchored of Les Escoumins (the St. Lawrence River).

The vessel was stopped yesterday after the authorities found alleged issues concerning its emergency fire equipment. The report for the malfunctioned equipment was given by the Genmar Daphne's crew.

The tanker was en route to load oilsands bitumen from Sorel-Tracy, a port in the St. Lawrence River. The Transport Ministry said in a a news release:

"The vessel will be authorized to resume its route only when the repairs have been carried out to the satisfaction of Transport Canada."

A new fire pump has been ordered for the vessel. Genmar Daphne will be allowed to the Sorel-Tracy port after the new equipment is fitted and tested. The owner of the vessel, General Maritime, said in a statement:

“Ship’s staff will exercise all necessary precautions both when navigating to [and] from Sorel and when loading the cargo. The entire voyage will be subject to careful risk assessment per established tanker industry standards to ensure that all environmental and safety concerns are evaluated and appropriately addressed.”

Genmar Daphne (IMO number 9223318 and MMSI 538002501) was built in 2002. the 240-metre long vessel is registered in the Marshall Islands.

Current position of Genmar Daphne

Genmar Daphne (IMO number 9223318 and MMSI 538002501)

Image: Roy Luck