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Co-op Venture

Name
Co-op Venture
Accident date
25/07/2002
Location
Japan
Accident area
Shibushi Bay, 1.6 km off Osaki
Spill area
Inshore
Cause of spill
Grounding
Quantity transported
958 m3
Nature of pollutant
bunker fuel and corn
Quantity spilled
958 m3
Ship / structure type
Cargo vessel
Built date
1990
Shipyard
Sasebo Heavy Industries co., ltd., Japon
Length
224.00 m
Width
18.00 m
Flag
Panamanian
Owner
Southern Pacific co., ltd., Etats-Unis
Manager
Tshudi and Eitzen Ship Management pte, ltd., Singapour

On 25 July 2002, due to a typhoon the Panamanian cargo vessel Co-op Venture, transporting a cargo of corn, ran aground in Shibushi Bay, 1.6 km off Osaki (Japan). During this accident, the ship sustained a split hull and has been stranded ever since.

The bunker fuel oil dispersion was promoted by rough conditions but a few hours after the grounding, containment devices were set up. Clean-up operations were rapidly planned and they took place on the Japanese coastline from 30 July to 1 August with 550 persons.

Pumping operations were performed effectively from 4 to 15 August and 70 % of the bunker fuel was recovered. Hydrogen sulphide emanations resulting from the corn decomposition caused the death of 4 people. Until 27 December, the remains of the Co-op Venture were salvaged with a crane ship.

Salvaging the Co-op Venture remains with a crane ship
Salvaging the Co-op Venture remains with a crane ship

Sources:

- MAMACA E., GIRIN M., LE FLOCH S. and EL ZIR R., 2009, Are HNS spills more dangerous than oil spills? A white paper for the Interspill 2009 Conference and the 4th IMO R&D Forum, Marseille, France, May 2009, p. 60
- OMI, 2005, Casualty statistics and investigations - Very serious and serious casualties for the year 2002
- Japan Coast Guard, 2003, Co-op Venture incident and its response

Last update: 14/09/2009