J5685 : Two oil tankers off Orlock

taken 9 years ago, 4 km from Groomsport, Northern Ireland

Two oil tankers off Orlock
Two oil tankers off Orlock
Two oil tankers off the County Down coast near Orlock. The dark blue ship is the 'Genmar Companion' LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) and, hidden behind, is the 'BW Seine' LinkExternal link . The tug assisting is the 'Svitzer Pembroke' LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) .

On the 16th December 2010 the 228 metre 'Genmar Companion', about 25 miles off the Donegal coast en route to New York from Rotterdam and carrying 54,000 tonnes of Vacuum Gas Oil LinkExternal link , reported that a crack in her deck, discovered before leaving The Netherlands, was worsening in heavy weather and asked to dock at Cork. This request was refused and the ship was diverted to anchor at the mouth of Belfast Lough. After checks were made to ensure that no oil was leaking, it was decided that the cargo would be offloaded onto another tanker before the ship could be brought into Belfast for repair. The 'BW Seine' arrived on the 2nd January 2012 and, following delays due to poor weather conditions, the transfer took place over the 6th and 7th of January. Also involved in the operation were the tugs 'Willowgarth' LinkExternal link , 'Norton Cross' LinkExternal link and local boat the 'Blue Aquarius' LinkExternal link & LinkExternal link . The story made headline news locally LinkExternal link but was also widely reported internationally.

The 'BW Seine' departed with the oil for Texas City in the United States on the evening of the 7th January; the 'Genmar Companion' moved to anchor in Belfast Lough before finally docking at Belfast on the 23rd January 2012 J3676 : The 'Genmar Companion' at Belfast.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 8 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Orlock  Copeland Islands  Belfast Lough 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 565 857 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:41.7113N 5:34.3774W
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Irish: geotagged! J 560 835
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Genmar Companion  BW Seine  Oil Tanker  Crude Oil Tanker  Ships  Tugboat  Tug  Tug Boat  Sea 

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