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Wussy [ View profile ]
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Feb 10, 2024
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Feb 11, 2024
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Capsized, environmental disaster. The vessel is overturned and aground mere meters from the coast of Tobago. It is spilling its oil contents into the sea of the tiny Caribbean island. Over 8 km of coast line is severely impacted by the spill, with beaches, reefs, residents, homes, carnival celebrations, fishing industry, cruise ship tourism and more being adversely affected.

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Excellent friends @Yvon Perchoc and @Kyle Stubbs.

GULFSTREAM (ON 571009)

Identifying the Mystery Vessel at the Site of Trinidad & Tobago’s National Emergency Oil Spill

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2024/02/14/identifying-the-mystery-vessel-at-the-site-of-trinidad-tobagos-national-emergency-oil-spill/

Some data on the barge:
https://greatlakes.bgsu.edu/item/439293

Saludos!!!

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GULFSTREAM EXPRESS (IMO 7304027) was reported broken up at Brownsville TX in 2014. She was 232 feet (70 meters) long, and the reports say the leaking hull is 100 meters long, so I don't think this identity is correct either.

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Hi George, take a look at the link posted elsewhere in the comments by Yvon. A pretty clear case is made for this being the ex-US flag tank barge GULFSTREAM (ON 571009).
https://www.shipspotting.com/photos/1046314

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There are 2 winners @Yvon Perchoc and @Kyle Stubbs.

WINNERS!!!

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Let's see, my friend, first read this:
https://ttweathercenter.com/2024/02/11/tobago-oil-spill-what-you-need-to-know/

Diver Alvin Douglas explained:
In their dive on Friday, the team made some new discoveries. Douglas said, “We also observe that there is a debris trail on the water that suggests that the vessel was turned over even before it made contact with the reef. The superstructure of the vessel was torn off. There were cranes, arms and railings all the way, and there’s a lot of destruction in that area.”

He also added, “We also found a cable that is connected to the bow of the vessel. That also suggests that the vessel may have been in tow because the anchor is secured where it’s at. But there is a huge tow line, approximately a third of the length of the vessel.”

My conclusion:

A ship is scrapped and the entire stern and superstructure is cut off and the bow and tanks are used to make a barge, which is done.

The bow and the tanks are converted into a tank barge.
And the Chinese use many of those here in South America.

They use them as fueling stations.

But they are always connected to a tugboat, which acts as a beacon ship.

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For me it is this ship

GULFSTREAM (IMO 7381544)

Name of the ship: GULFSTREAM
IMO N°: 7381544
Former names:
THORSTEAM (1997)
MAGIC LADY (1993)
TIMUR STAR (1989)
MYRICA (1988)
GLOBE VENUS (1981)
AFRAN VENUS (1979)
Vessel type: Oil tanker
Gross tonnage: 13439 tons
Deadweight: 21217 tons
Length: 171 m
Breadth: 22 m
Year of build: 1975
Builder: HANJIN HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO. LTD. - BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA

https://www.shipspotting.com/photos/1703379

https://www.balticshipping.com/vessel/imo/7381544

This page reports the events

https://ttweathercenter.com/2024/02/11/tobago-oil-spill-what-you-need-to-know/

I think it was a ship used as a bunkering ship.

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Hello Wussy,
Thank for the pic and info.
The IMO number is not from this (un-identified) ship, as the GULFSTREAM (IMo7381544) was broken up in China on 2002.

Added : Looking at various videos, no propellers are visible. Could she be a towed barge with bow (so not in usual registers) ? Note the small steps (holes) in the hull, often found to climb on not propelled barges (something similar to this one : https://www.tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=872 - Scroll down to photo 1/3)
Regards,
Yvon

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Thank you, for your comment. A local media source last evening reported that specific Imo number for the vessel. However, government officials are saying roughly a day later that the vessel is still unidentified.
I have noticed those holes and wondered about them, so thank you for that information. Will continue to update as necessary.

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Per the US Coast Guard database, the tank barge GULFSTREAM, US Official # 571009, was allotted the IMO number of "1518444." I'm not sure of the veracity of that number, as similar ones are also only found with tenuous association to other barges, and do not appear in the IMO or Equasis databases, but the last digit does meet the check digit test of a "proper" IMO number.

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