Stolt Valor: Fire - cargo was Ether

March 27 - The chemical tanker  was carrying methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).   The involvement of MTBE will ring alarm bells as it is the same cargo that exploded on the Bow Mariner in 2004, but the Valor is a larger size of chemical tanker.
LONDON, March 21, 2012 - Stolt Tankers B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) and owner and operator of MT Stolt Valor, reported today that the fire on the ship has been contained.  One crew member is still missing.
The ship is under tow approximately 45 miles off the coast of Qatar. 
[March 16]The tanker Stolt Valor, which was carrying 13,000 metric tons of a substance called “volatile” and “flammable” on the Environmental Protection Agency website, issued a distress call about 2 a.m. local time. The tanker was 48 nautical miles southeast of Farsi Island, The Stolt Valor spent two months anchored off Somalia after being hijack by pirates in September 2008 before later being released. Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53),  rescued Filipino mariners when their ship, the Hong Kong-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt Valor, caught fire in the Arabian Gulf... The 24 rescued Filipino mariners were in good health and did not require medical assistance.  John Paul Jones is assigned to Combined Maritime Forces' Commander, Task Force 152, conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. 

9274290 STOLT VALOR VRZP5 Chemical/Oil Tanker 25269 2004

Stolt Fleet website: M/T Stolt Valor 2004    25,269 T/C by Stolt Tankers Hong Kong

Owner: Stolt Nielsens Rederi
Haugesund, Norway
Manager: Stolt Tankers
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Q88 - INTERTANKO Standard Tanker Questionnaire (Ver. 3)
Vessel's name: Stolt Valor Last updated: Mar 01, 2012
Ex-name(s): Not Applicable IMO number: 9274290
Flag: Liberia Call sign: D5AF4
Port of Registry: Monrovia Summer DWT: 25269 MT
Type of vessel: Chemical Built: Feb 13, 2004
Type of hull: Double Hull Owner: STOLT VALOR B.V.
Class Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai Operator: Stolt Tankers BV

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