An LPG tanker dragged anchor in Ireland’s Cork Harbour after heavy weather in the eastern North Atlantic caused the vessel drifting from its original position.
The vessel, Gas Pasha, was reportedly carrying a load of gas and drifted towards the shallows bordering fairway earlier this week due to the strong winds. Gas Pasha was en route from Cork to Falmouth when it met with the accident.
Report said tugs and pilots were called from the nearby port to take the vessel’s drift under control. The tanker was refloated and anchored safely later and the local authorities were monitoring the situation.
Some media reports also suggested that the ship might have run aground on a sand bank off the main channel near Whitegate. No confirmation was available since the vessel was waiting for underwater inspection.
No injuries or water pollution were reported and the local authorities have launched an investigation into the accident.
Weather conditions in Cork have been bad due to a powerful 932mb hurricane-force storm, and a yellow weather warning was in place in the area.
However, officials said there is no issue of public safety or other concerns due to rough sea, and such operations are usual in the port area given the challenging weather conditions.
Built in 1995 by Japan’s Kanrei Shipbuilding Sanmu, the Gas Pasha has overall length of 96.00m, moulded beam of 15.00m and maximum draft of 5.40m.
The Panama flagged vessel, with deadweight of 3,202 DWT and the gross tonnage of 2,926 GRT, is managed by Greek company Stealthgas.