Fuel spill from sunken Grande America 10 kilometers long
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Source: American Shipper
The Grimaldi Group ship was carrying about 2,200 tons of heavy fuel oil when it sank Tuesday in the Bay of Biscay.
“According to our forecasts, fragments could reach certain areas of the coasts of Nouvelle-Aquitaine by Sunday or Monday because of particularly unfavorable weather, which also risks making more delicate the operations of depollution at sea,” de Rugy said, according to a translation from the website Ouest France.
In a press release Thursday, shipowner Grimaldi Group said it has dispatched an anchor handling supply vessel to monitor the Grande America’s fuel spill and organize the recovery of any floating containers.
The ConRo vessel had 2,210 vehicles and 365 containers onboard, including 45 containers with hazardous cargo, which included 100 tons of hydrochloric acid and 70 tons of sulfuric acid, Maritime Prefect Adm. Jean-Louis Lozier said. Much of the dangerous cargo was likely destroyed by the fire, he said.
Grimaldi Group also has a team of marine casualty and pollution prevention experts in Brest to monitor the environmental situation and advise any further measures, which would be in coordination with the French authorities. The shipowner also will undertake a submarine survey of the wreck by means of the vessel Pourquoi Pas, which is equipped with a remotely operated vessel.
Grande America was en route from Hamburg to Casablanca when the fire started Sunday night. All 27 people onboard abandoned ship in the early hours Monday and were rescued by Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll.