Please beware that this is NOT a real disaster, this is an exercise

 

This exercise is NOT an actual real event, this is a large-scale training exercise which has been created to simulate a real-to-life disaster. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate effectiveness of remote sensors and to train personnel in the event of an real oil/chemical spill at sea. The exercise was carried out following state legislation in collaboration with four Irish state organisations - Irish Coast Guard, Irish Defence Forces, Local County Council Office (Clare) and Local Port Company (Shannon Foynes). 

  

Exercise 'Cathach' has begun

The 'Maire Noire', a 42,000 ton oil tanker is reported to be in some difficulty 40nm west of kerry head, Ireland. The vessel is said to have suffered severe damage to the starboard plating and is said to be taking on water. The vessel's master, Mr. Philip Jones, contacted the Irish Coast Guard unit in Dublin just before 10:00 pm on the 14th requesting safe harbour in the confines of the Shannon Estuary and reporting that at this stage there was no assistance required.

 

Marée-Map1  Noire                Present Location of the Marée Noire                                   Physical Dimensions of the Marée Noire

 

Situation Report Issued

The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) have issued a situation report concerning the Marée Noire, currently in position 40nm west of Kerry Head. The SITREP was issued via the usual channels through the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin and has also been uploaded to the European SAFE SEA NET (vessel traffic monitoring in EU waters).

 

                   Click here to view SITREP                                          Click here for SAFE SEA NET info

  

Supporting Documents Received

National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) have requested and received supporting documentation from the master of the Marée Noire, these include the ships manifest and ships crew list.                            

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                          Ships-Manifest

 

 

 

 

 

 The ships master has reported that weather is preventing access on deck for full assessment and that they are concerned over stability and integrity of the ship. Their intention is to proceed towards safe anchorage in the Shannon where they will be met by representatives from Iceland P&I and RINA. Additionally, the ships owners have appointed local ship agent Mullock & Sons Ltd. to help coordinate their arrival.

 

Clearly visible on the manifest are deck cargo containing chemicals of Formaldehyde (3 TEU) and Acrolein (3 TEU). These chemicals pose a significant danger if spilled into the environment.

 

 

Port Access

Shannon Foynes Port Company have been advised that a 42,000 tonne ship, the Marée Noire, has requested safe harbour within the confines of the Shannon after suffering severe damage during a storm off Kerry Head, Ireland.Harbour-Access

The Marée Noire has been granted access into the Shannon Estuary and has been assigned deep water anchorage point B. Once in harbour it will be met by representatives from the Maritime Survey Office (MSO) for full assessment. Additional representative from Iceland P&I and RINA will also be present.

 

Clare County Council offices have submitted a formal request that the ship, the Marée Noire, should NOT be given access to the confines of the Shannon Estuary. The cargo and onboard fuel bunkers pose a significant risk to the surrounding environment. Shoreline-Impact

 

 

Situation Report Issued

The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) have issued a second situation report concerning the Marée Noire, currently in position 4nm west of Kerry Head. The SITREP was issued via the usual channels and uploaded to the European SAFE SEA NET.

 

 

Port of Refuge Granted

After complying state legislation and guidlines the IRCG has made the decision to admit the Marée to designated anchorage within the Shannon Estuary under certain conditions.

This decision was taken in order to minimise the potential greater threat to the environment posed by other options.

 

 Decision

 

Steering Failure and Grounding

The 'Maire Noire', after suffering damage in a storm 40nm west of Kerry head, has lost steering while entering the Shannon Estuary and has grounded on five fathons rock, 2km south of Corlis Point.

The Shannon-based IRCG helicopter c/s ICG has been tasked to the scene and is reported to have air lifted the 21 crew members to safety.

The 42,000 tonne vessel is carrying a significant amount of bunker oil, some of which is reported to be leaking into the surrounding environment. The area surrounding the incident is a special area of conservation, thus fast response and cleanup efforts will now take precedence. This vessel is said to have a slight list to port.

Clare County Council will lead all shore based cleanup operations in collaboration with the Shannon Estuary Anti Pollution Team (Sea-PT). Overall control of the scene will come from the Irish Coast Guard who will employ water based response efforts. A command centre is being set up to coordinate the response and cleanup efforts.

 

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