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An operation is underway in Belfast Lough to remove 54,000 tons of oil.

The Bermuda registered Genmar Companion developed a crack in her deck on 16 December 2011 during a voyage from Rotterdam to New York.

Since then she has been sheltering off of the Copeland Islands in the Irish Sea.

Her cargo of vacuum gas oil is being transferred to BW Seine with the operation expected to take up to 36 hours to complete.

A one-mile marine traffic exclusion zone is in place around the two ships while the transfer takes place.

The screenshot below was captured this morning showing the two tankers with the tug Svitzer Pembroke in attendance
You can see the event live in the Ship Finder Apps and at,-5.718743,54.761583,-5.447175

The vessels involved (and links to their current position) are:

Genmar Companion

MMSI: 310409000


BW Seine

MMSI: 352134000

IMO: 9342217

Svitzer Pembroke

MMSI: 235078115


This photo was taken by John Feltham at Portsmouth Harbour in May 2011

We don't yet have photos of Genmar Companion or BW Seine - if you can help please let us know.

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Comment by Mark Daniels on January 8, 2012 at 9:26

Good news - this operation was successful overnight.

BV Seine is now on her her way to Texas!

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