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Fuel removed from wrecked cargo ship off Crete

Oil spill response crews have been busy pumping fuel from the 1982-built cargo ship Manassa Rose M that ran aground due to bad weather and was split in two in Kissamos Bay in Crete last week.

The Comoros-flagged ship, managed by Egyptian company International Marine Shipping, was caught in a heavy storm in the Mediterranean Sea carrying iron and metal products from the Port of Iskenderun in Turkey to the Port of Misurata in Libya.

According to local media reports, the general cargo ship was trying to anchor off Crete but ran aground in Kissamos Bay and subsequently broke apart under the impact of waves as high as 5 m.

The initial oil spill was contained by a barrier before the remaining fuel and lubricants were removed from the vessel. The Greek Coast Guard reported that the operation was under constant surveillance by an anti-pollution vessel, while patrols surveyed around the stranded ship and in the wider sea, and no major pollution was detected.

All crew members were rescued by the coast guard and local volunteer rescuers. The master and the engineer have been reportedly arrested and a case has been filed against them. Meanwhile, two crewmembers were hospitalised after serious symptoms of hypothermia and water aspiration, while the remaining crewmembers have been reported safe.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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