In late 1994, Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company ("Mosat") chartered a doubled-hulled freighter named the Alsterstern from Wonsild Liquid Carriers Ltd. ("Wonsild"). It was to transport lube oil from Europe to Hong Kong via Singapore. On February 9, 1995, it successfully completed the first delivery in Singapore. Then, while proceeding to another Mosat discharge berth in Singapore harbor, the Alsterstern suddenly lost power. The vessel crashed into the discharge berth. The allision left the vessel with a 30-foot long gash in her outer hull nine feet above the water line, and another 33-foot long indentation twenty feet above the water line.