Vessel leaks fuel

Three lifeboats were launched in order to aid a Danish support vessel which received some damage and leaked fuel into the sea while at anchor off Walney Island, UK, on Thursday.

Nordic Marine Offshore's 247-dwt OMS Pollux (built 1976) was engaged in offshore operations when one anchor suddenly parted, allowing the vessel to swing into a concrete pile of a wind turbine under construction.

This caused damage to the port side of the vessel under the water line and light fuel oil was released into the sea.

The vessel was refused permission to enter Barrow amid fears of pollution.

OMS Pollux then headed south towards Liverpool, where repairs were made, aided by three lifeboats of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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