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Press Release : Oil Spill Response Services during the ALPHA 1 capsize and sinking in Eleusis Anchorage

OIL SPILL RESPONSE ALLIANCE GREECE LTD was appointed the morning of 05th of March 2012 by the Managers of motor tanker "ALFA 1" to provide emergency oil spill response services for the protection of the marine environment. The "ALFA 1"  struck a shipwreck which caused its capsize and sinking in Eleusis anchorage. The vessel sailed from Hellenic Refineries in laden condition with an approximate quantity of cargo of 1,800 heavy grade (380&180CST) fuel oil and 235 tons diesel oil.

 

We immediately dispatched the salvage tug "AEGEON PELAGOS", fully equipped with salvage and antipollution equipment, which arrived onsite and deployed 300 meters of oil boom around the area of the casualty for minimizing the pollution.  In addition, a team of our salvage divers commenced the temporary patching works to the sunken vessel by securing the cargo hatches and manifolds to stop the escape of the oil from the cargo tanks. Our divers, together with the Coast Guard divers,  searched and recovered the body of the deceased Master.

The salvage tug "MEGALOCHARI XII" was also dispatched with oil spill response equipment and commenced the deployment of an additional quantity of 300 meters of inflatable offshore boom in order to contain the pollutants and avoid escape to the adjacent sea area. Our oil spill response technicians worked continuously for cleaning the pollutants from the sea surface while our divers continued the temporary patching works. Owners later on appointed another Contractor and next day we demobilized our resources from the casualty's site under the supervision of the port authorities. 

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