Debunkering Underway for Grounded Vessel in Greece

Thursday December 29, 2016

The Hellenic Coast Guard Wednesday afternoon said crews have managed to remove 4,600 litres bunkers from one of the fuel tanks of the grounded vessel, Cabrera, gCaptain reports,

As Ship & Bunker reported earlier in the week, Greek authorities were responding to pollution after the 5,553 DWT general cargo ship, Cabrera, ran aground on Andros' rocky north coast early Saturday morning during intense wind, rain, and poor visibility.

On Wednesday, Ship & Bunker reported that bad weather had been preventing response crews from debunkering the grounded vessel.

An absorbent boom is noted to have been deployed alongside the partially-sunken ship.

Three tugs deployed from Gavrio were said to be on the scene to provide support to the debunkering operations.

The Hellenic Coast Guard says pollution clean up efforts related to the vessel grounding are also ongoing at nearby beaches and coastlines. 

Small oil sheens are reported to have been observed by response crews, and while the exact amount of pollution has not been confirmed, the coast guard has noted that an iridescent film covering about 800 m2 has been seen in the water near the vessel.