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Departmental investigation into the loss of the bow section of the Greek registered motor tanker Kirki : the subsequent fire, evacuation of the crew and salvage operation from 20 July 1991 to 23 August 1991 / Transport and Communications
Bib ID 349890
Format BookBook
Author
Australia. Department of Transport and Communications
 
Description Canberra : Dept. of Transport and Communications, 1991 
93, [31] p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 30 cm. 
Summary

At about 0220 (UTC 1820) of 20th July 1991, the Greek registered tanker Kirki was about 22 miles off the Western Australian coastal centre of Cervantes when the bow was seen to break away from the ship just forward of No. 1 cargo tanks. Simultaneously a fire erupted from a rupture in the forward bulkhead of No 1 cargo tanks, fuelled by highly volatile crude oil, and oil was lost to the sea. During the ensuing hours fire broke out in Kirki's forward area on a further five occasions, each time being extinguished by the sea. Helicopters arrived at first light and the evacuation of the crew in relays began and was completed at 1156. At 1040 Kirki was towed offshore by the Lady Kathleen and from the 25th July by the Lady Elizabeth. Over the next 14 days the Kirki was towed to an area west-north-west of Dampier where the remaining cargo was transferred to another tanker. The Kirki was subsequently towed to Singapore. About 17,700 tonnes of crude oil was lost.

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Subjects Kirki (Tanker)  |  Marine accidents -- Western Australia -- Jurien Bay.  |  Oil pollution of the sea -- Western Australia -- Jurien Bay.

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