The OMS Pollux collided with a pile supporting a turbine off the coast of Cumbria and began leaking diesel


Liverpool Coastguard are

currently coordinating the recovery of a ship damaged following a collision

with a wind turbine pile at Walney Wind Farm, off Barrow-in-Furness.

The Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) received a

call at 9:05 this morning reporting that the standby safety vessel, OMS Pollux,

had collided with a pile supporting a turbine. 

The vessel has since been leaking marine gas oil (diesel).

The Danish-registered vessel, with a crew of around 18 on

board, remains afloat and there are no reported injuries.

OMS Pollux has moved under its own power to

its current location north of the Port of Liverpool limits, and away from

environmentally sensitive areas.  The

Barrow lifeboat attended the incident and the ship was escorted in relay by the

Barrow, Lytham and Hoylake lifeboats.

The fixed-wing aircraft from Maritime and Coastguard

Agency’s counter pollution team has made a flypast and reports that a surface

sheen, 5-10 metres wide and around 0.7 nautical miles in length is trailing the

vessel.

Unlike heavier forms of fuel,

marine gas oil should evaporate or disperse naturally.

The OMS Pollux will remain offshore outside the Liverpool

Port Authority limits until the leak has been stopped.

The multi-agency Environment Group set up to

respond to this type of incident – and comprising local authorities, emergency

services, government agencies and other stakeholders – is meeting this

afternoon to assess the local situation.

The Liverpool MRCC is in constant contact with the vessel and is also monitoring the

situation.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.