Thursday, May 15, 2008


The Otapan (IMO: 6508561, Port of Registry: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico) is a tanker which became well-known in Holland in the period between 1999 and 2006 when it was chained up in Amsterdam because she contained asbestos. In August 2006 the ship even gained internation fame when it left for Turkey for demolition, but the Turkish authorities refused to allow the ship because the Dutch authorities had registered the ship to have a lower amount of asbestos than was really on board. After this the vessel returned to Amsterdam again. The asbestos was recently cleaned from the Otapan in Rotterdam. After this cleaning, the ship was moved to 's-Gravendeel where she was awaiting clearance to return to Turkey where she will most probably be demolished.

The Otapan is a 168 metres long, 26 metres wide chemical tanker especially built for the transportating of melted sulfur. The vessel contained 5 tanks with a total capacity of 400,000 cubic feet which kept the sulfur fluid at a temperatur of 145 degrees Celsius. She was built in 1965 by Verolme Shipyard, Holland as the Harry C. Webb.
The Otapan will leave the port of 's-Gravendeel this morning and will probably depart with destination Turkey. She will be towed by the tug Neptun 9 (IMO: 9448085, Port of Registry: Panama).

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