Kymi in Evoia Island (Greece)
Sinking – Antipollution Actions & Bunkers’ Removal
On its route from Volos to Piraeus, the CEMENT CARRIER ‘’DYSTOS’’ capsized and sank at a sea depth of -36mtrs in the sea area of Kymi/Greece. Due to the muddy quality of the sea bed and the cement cargo she got buried by 5m. Under the instructions of the HELLENIC MERCHANT MARINE MINISTRY and PORT AUTHORITIES, POSEIDON was employed for the search & recovery of any survivors/missing crewmen (17 bodies were recovered) and protection of the sea environment. Operation included underwater bunkers removal (approx. 160m3 of bunkers and other oil were pumped out), cleaning of bunkers’ tanks & engine room by high-pressure hot water jet (in order to macerate the stuck oil from engines and consequently facilitate the pumping out operation), plugging/sealing of all overboards and removal of all polluting materials (such as batteries, oil drums, paints, etc). Throughout the operation booms deployed for the protection of the sea environment.