SOCAR Installs Booms to Prevent Fuel Leakage from Skadovsk Ship Sank in Kulavi

Oil&Gas Materials 6 October 2008 17:05 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 October/ Trend , E. Ismayilov/ Management of Kulavi oil terminal of Georgia, belonging to SOCAR has installed special booms together with Ukrainian and Georgian specialists to prevent pollution of the sea with fuel that leaked from Skadovdk ship that sank in a storm, a source in a terminal said. Attempts are made to pump out fuel from tanks of a dredger ship which was engaged in dredging operations in a port.

At present, representatives of terminal and owner of the ship are holding talks on the legal aspects of the incident.

The sunken ship has been fortified. One more storm is expected to begin in near future. The ship must be prevented from further damage. The probability of sea pollution is real, for there was about 30,000 tons of fuel on the ship. The fuel must be prevented from spilling, Minister for Protection of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia Irakli Gvaladze said.

A total of 28 out of 31 people abroad were rescued.

The ship turned over on 4 October at 5.00am, Georgian time, as a result of a storm (6-7 points). On 30 September, the vessel was beached and got a hole. Specialists from Ukraine arrived and decided to get the ship off through haulage. The ship turned over during the haulage, terminal said on 3 October.

The accident did not affect the operation of the terminal. There is no obstacle for vessels to enter the port. Loading is not being implemented at the moment, as there is no order. Dredging operations were carried out in the port to enable large ships to enter the port.

The SOCAR-owned Kulevi terminal can simultaneously accept up to 168 cistern carriages. Transhipment capacity of the terminal will total 10mln fluid cargo per year, including 3mln tons of oil, 3mln tons of diesel fuel, 4mln tons of fuel oil. The tank batteryїs capacity totals 320,000 cu m. There are plans to increase the transhipment capacity of the terminal up to 20mln tons and the tank battery up to 380,000 cu m.

The terminal includes 4 railways, entrance canal and three piers. There is also a laboratory in Kulevi for testing the oil and oil products in accordance with the international standards and a mobile of tanker park comprising 9 subsidiary vessels as well as a new railway line Kolkheti-Kulevi (13.8km of length).

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