Ship leaking oil after colliding with Morecambe Bay wind turbine

The coastguard has been dealing with the incident since around 9am

The coastguard has been dealing with the incident since around 9am

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A SHIP is leaking diesel after crashing into a wind turbine off the coast of Morecambe Bay.

Liverpool Coastguard has been in attendance since just after 9am this morning co-ordinating the recovery of the stricken vessel which collided with part of a turbine at Walney Wind Farm.

OMS Pollux has since been leaking marine gas oil, or diesel.

The Danish-registered vessel, with a crew of around 18 on board, remains afloat and there are no reported injuries.

The coastguard revealed that since hitting the turbine pile it has managed to move under its own power to a location north of the port of Liverpool, taking it 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.

A 'surface sheen', 5 to 10 metres wide and around 0.7 nautical miles in length, is now trailing the vessel.

However, the coastguard said the diesel '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 - has met this afternoon to assess the local situation.

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5:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

shirtbox says...

Pity it didn't knock all these useless things down,they have cost an absolute fortune and are little more than a nuisance.
Pity it didn't knock all these useless things down,they have cost an absolute fortune and are little more than a nuisance. shirtbox
  • Score: 23

8:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

couldn't make it up says...

shirtbox wrote:
Pity it didn't knock all these useless things down,they have cost an absolute fortune and are little more than a nuisance.
Quite agree, and on land too.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: Pity it didn't knock all these useless things down,they have cost an absolute fortune and are little more than a nuisance.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, and on land too. couldn't make it up
  • Score: 17

10:29am Fri 15 Aug 14

save energy says...

'Green & Clean eh !!!
'Green & Clean eh !!! save energy
  • Score: 12

1:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

I love CO2 says...

The time has come
The greenie said
To ban all ships
And swim instead
The time has come The greenie said To ban all ships And swim instead I love CO2
  • Score: 13

9:45am Mon 18 Aug 14

Little Lee says...

I'd still like to know the true cost of these useless monsters.
I'd still like to know the true cost of these useless monsters. Little Lee
  • Score: 2

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