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Asian Lily

Asian Lily
Accident date
Papua New-Guinea
Accident area
Kwaiawata island
Spill area
Cause of spill
Nature of pollutant
bunker fuel
Quantity spilled
very little
Ship / structure type
Cargo vessel
Built date
136 m
20 m
6.3 m
Santoku Shipping Osaka

The accident

On the night of the 24th of December 2012, the reefer vessel, Asian Lily, was sailing from New Zealand to the Philippines, when it ran aground on the island of Kwaiawata, in Papua New Guinea. This accident caused a breach in the hull of the ship releasing fuel oil into the sea. On the 27th of December, two tugs were sent to the area, and the ship was refloated on the 10th of January 2013.


Response in an isolated area

Minor pollution was observed over a 115 metre long section of shoreline. This area is especially sensitive and very isolated, so specific logistical means were necessary in order to intervene. On the 5th of January, a plan of action was put in place. Access to the site was very difficult, which complicated clean-up operations.


Impact on the ecosystem

Scientists feared a possible impact of this pollution, although only minor, on the marine and land-based species of the island as well as on the mangrove. Milne Bay harbours a very rich biodiversity. Luckily, the pollution remained minor.


Last update on 04/09/2013

External links

Spillcon 2013, Case studies, Dr Michael O'Brien, ITOPF

Pacific Towing, Towing company based in Papua New Guinea

Marine traffic, Information on the vessel

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