AN AFRAMAX tanker, Densa Whale, was on Tuesday evening being towed to port
after reporting engine trouble.

It was sailing from Kalamu (Congo) to Brisbane and was fully loaded at the
time when it experienced difficulties off the New South Wales south coast.

Densa Whale (IMO 9601223) is flagged in the Marshall Islands and was
launched in 2012, according to MarineTraffic.com.

A spokesman for tug company Smit Lamnalco said the tug SL Martinique was
dispatched early Tuesday morning and was on scene mid-afternoon.

The ship was towed further from the coast overnight in difficult conditions
with four to five-metre swells and high winds.

Another tug, SL Diamantina, was yesterday standing by to assist in Port
Jackson but had not yet been deployed.

"We are in constant communication with owners and insurers," he said.

At the time of publication, the vessel remained off the Illawarra region.