Posted on October 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Portuguese-flagged Cargo Ship, LYRA collided with a pier during the early morning hours of October the 26th while the vessel was engaged in docking manoeuvres at Latvia’s Liepaja port.
The incident occurred at approximately 06:00 am in the morning, as the vessel was attempting to dock. According to initial reports, the collision occurred due to adverse weather conditions; there were strong winds in the area and the sea was turbulent.
Following the collision, the hull was breached at the ship’s starboard side near the vessel’s tanks. As a result of the hull beach, an oil leak occurred, as fuel started spilling into the surrounding waters.
The Environmental Board of the State Environmental Service surrounded the vessel with oil booms and an oil recovery operation was launched.
In total, some 100 liters of heavy fuel oil were spilled into the water; thankfully, the wind direction assisted the recovery operation, limiting the spread of the oil slick.
By the afternoon, oil patches had covered some 500 to 600 mtrs of water surrounding the vessel.
The ship’s crew was hard at work pumping fuel from the breached bunker tank unto another.
The accident and Incident Investigation Bureau launched an investigation so as to discover the cause of the incident.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic