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Skyron/Hel

Name
Skyron/Hel
Accident date
30/05/1987
Location
Channel
Accident area
Off the coast of Dunkirk
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Collision
Quantity transported
136,000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
Fuel oil
Quantity spilled
1,000 barrils
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Flag
Liberian

On the morning of Saturday 30 May 1987, Cedre was alerted by the Ministry of the Environment of the collision of the Liberian tanker the Skyron with the Polish cargo ship the Hel, at the boundary of the French and British territorial waters, 150 km northeast of Dunkirk.

Considering the Skyron's 136,000 tonne cargo, this collision could have resulted in catastrophic pollution along the North Sea coast. Thankfully, the oil and fuel slicks were relatively small and were quickly treated by Belgian, British, French and Dutch response vessels.

Cedre assisted the Préfecture Maritime in Cherbourg by advising them on the possibilities of dispersant treatment. The lnterministerial Mission for the Sea contacted Cedre for advice on compensation matters.

Last update: 14/10/2002