Maersk Supply Service should analyze hydrocarbons in tanks of its two vessel’s wrecks in Celtic Sea

Maersk ShipperMaersk Supply Service should take additional measured to analyze and investigate the contents of hydrocarbons in tanks of the wrecks of sank vessels Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper. The Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic formally requested from the shipping provider to monitor the two ships and the surrounding marine environment for the next three years. The company need to take samples of M24 and M25 tanks of Maersk Searcher until end of July and to analyze the hydrocarbons, ballast water and sediments on board. Later should be taken samples and carried out analyzes of the other tanks of Maersk Searcher and the five tanks of Maersk Shipper.

Moreover, Maersk Supply Service should carry out an assessment of the surrounding marine environment within a radius of 50 m around the two wrecks in period of next three years. The company needs to carry out monitoring of the two wrecks for possible leaks and impact to the ecology and marine life.

Recall that offshore supply vessels Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper sank in Celtic Sea on 80 nautical miles west off Brest, France in late December 2016. The vessels were under tow by supply tug Maersk Battler en route to Turkish scrapyard for recycling, but the bad weather capsized them. During the accident there were no injured people, but vessel tanks might have fuel or ballast water.

The Maritime Maritime Prefecture will continue to monitor the area of ​​the wrecks regularly by the state means.