The former Berge Pioneer is caught on video transiting the Suez Canal in 2009
Norwegian company BW Offshore reports that it has signed an agreement to dispose of the FSO Belokamenka (ex-Berge Pioneer) for recycling, in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention.
FSO Belokamenka (IMO 7708314) is an ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) of 360,700 dwt capacity built in Japan in 1980. The vessel is 340.5 m long, 65 m wide and has a draught of 31.5 m.
It is flagged and registered in Panama and classed by DNV GL and has been in lay-up off Indonesia since completing a contract as a crude oil terminal off Murmansk, Russia, in late 2015.
The vessel is sold for a cash consideration of approximately US$20M.
The buyer of the vessel will ensure that the chosen yard is certified to ISO 14001 and OSHMS 18001 standards, the Hong Kong Convention and IMO 2012 guidelines. However, as a Norwegian company, BW Offshore is not obliged to dispose of the vessel under the European Regulation on Ship Recycling (EU SRR) which comes into force on 1 January 2019.
The buyer will further ensure that the recycling yard provides a statement of completion of the recycling, in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention. To date, the recycling yard has not been chosen.
A recycling plan will be prepared and provided by the yard to ensure strict compliance with the above regulations. The company will nominate a representative to be on site at the recycling yard to monitor progress, compliance and that the recycling plan is being applied.