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Kirki; Cervantes, Western Australia

Cervantes, Western Australia | 1991-Jul-21

Initial Notification: On July 21, 1991, the Greek tanker Kirki caught fire 20 miles off the coast of Western Australia, near Cervantes. The vessel was en-route from the Arabian Gulf to Kwinana, Australia. It was owned by Mayamar Marine Enterprises of Piraeus, Greece. The Kirki's bow broke off in heavy seas, rupturing two of the forward tanks. Approximately 135,000 barrels of light Murban crude were spilled, most of it on the first day. Small amounts of oil leaked during the subsequent towing of the Kirki. The salvage vessel Lady Kathleen was in the area of the incident and responded quickly to the Kirki's distress call. The Lady Kathleen towed the vessel to the west away from the shore, preventing further casualties. Keyword: Lightering, boom, fire, evaporation, Ardox 6120, Shell VTS, salvage..

Incident Details
Products of concern:Light Murban crude
Total amount at risk of spill: 5,670,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 30° 38.00′ South
Longitude (approximate): 114° 40.98′ East
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable