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Rokia Delmas

Name
Rokia Delmas
Accident date
24/10/2006
Location
France
Accident area
South of the island of Ile de Ré
Spill area
Inshore
Cause of spill
Grounding
Quantity transported
600 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (IFO 380) and 50 tonnes of marine diesel
Ship / structure type
Container ship (capacity: 1 446 TEU)
Built date
1985
Length
185.00 m
Width
32.60 m
Draught
11.20 m
Flag
Panama
Owner
CMA-CGM (France)

On 24 October 2006, at around 4 a.m., the container ship the Rokia Delmas, suffering from total engine failure, was driven ashore by a storm on the south coast of the Ile de Ré. The vessel was anchored, but the stern of the vessel hit a rocky outcrop, approximately 1 nautical mile south of Couarde sur mer. The vessel was mainly transporting cocoa beans, wood and 600 tonnes of heavy fuel oil (IFO 380) and 50 tonnes of marine diesel. Part of the crew was airlifted off the vessel. The commanding officer and 5 members of the crew stayed onboard to assist the intervention squads with their investigations.
 
 The vessel showed a 20° list and a leak was detected. No pollution was observed. As a precautionary measure, the Polmar Land Plan for Charente Maritime was activated. Cedre was immediately mobilised and two advisors arrived at the La Rochelle response centre that evening. The Alcyon, a salvage, rescue and oil spill response vessel left Brest with containment and recovery equipment onboard to tackle any potential pollution, in addition to pumping equipment.

The container ship the Rokia Delmas grounded on 25/10/06
The container ship the Rokia Delmas grounded on 25/10/06

The same day, the first investigations onboard showed that it was impossible to refloat the vessel at high tide that evening. The following day, the dives carried out detected a breach 20 metres long by 50 centimetres wide, which confirmed that it would be impossible to tow the vessel in her current state.

The Préfecture de département decided to protect the oyster beds in the area using booms. The hydrocarbons floating in the tanks of the vessel were pumped out and stored on barge. Two barges equipped with skimmers and with a 10 m³ storage capacity were deployed. Because of the proximity to the coast combined with the local currents, the Préfecture Maritime placed a drift committee on pre-alert. This committee was located in La Rochelle and was under the authority of and led by the Cedre. On 30 October, 430 m³ of fuel were pumped out of the tanks and stored on the Alcyon.

The Rokia Delmas surrounded by booms
The Rokia Delmas surrounded by booms

Other groundings of container ships

Last update: 15/01/2008

See also

Bulletin d'information du Cedre N°24 : "L'accident du Rokia Delmas"

External links

Préfecture maritime de l'Atlantique Press releases (French only)