Chantaco Grounding: The Charterer’s Contribution

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Jun 162011


Track of the Chantaco: Commercial pressures helped put her aground.

Due worsening weather the master of the chemical tanker Chantaco wanted to go alongside the terminal at Oxelösund, Sweden. Afraid of incurring costs the vessel’s charterers refused to allow him to do so. That decision, says Sweden’s Transport Agency, contributed to the grounding of the ship on 9 November 2010 after in dragged anchor.


While there were other contributing factors, including increasing winds during afternoon and night, the master’s decision to anchor too close to shallow water, and no recommended alert around the anchor position as well as the rolling of the vessel, commercial pressure put the safety of the vessel and crew at risk.

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