MV Newcastle

Key Project Information

Business: Braemar Howells Ltd
Project Time Scale: 5 months
Project Total Value: £700 k

Length: 100m
Beam: 16.5m
Tonnage: 4,211 GT


The bulk carrier MV Newcastle was carrying Ferrous Sulphate en-route from Spain, destined for a chemical company in Grimsby. It found itself in difficulty in the Bay of Biscay when the cargo in the hold became contaminated with seawater.

Braemar Howells responded to the incident by removing all contaminated cargo and storing it in drying sheds. Here the cargo was drained of remaining excess liquid using vacuum equipment before being transported, predominantly by train, to the cargo’s original destination.

Scope of work, equipment & service requirement

Ship Cargo Handling

The cargo was first removed from the hold of the MV Newcastle using a combination of plant equipment such as excavators, telehandlers and cranes both at sea and alongside the quay, encouraging a positive, progressive operation.
The cargo was loaded into lorries and two smaller vessels, the Torrent and Independent, before being transported to one of three sites in Cornwall for temporary storage and further draining using vacuum equipment. Once this drying process had been undertaken, rail carts were loaded and transported the product to Grimsby where the product reached its intended destination and was unloaded and transported to storage sheds.

Drying Operations

In order to commence works as soon as possible, two pumping stations and a S/S Vacuum Tanker were put on board the MV Newcastle to initially remove liquid waste from the product. This was pumped into a reception tank on board which was then discharged once the Newcastle came ashore into the static reception tanks. Any product remaining after the liquid waste had been pumped out, was then further drained as part of the works undertaken in the drying/storage sheds.
Whilst at the storage sites, the Ferrous Sulphate was drained further by manually excavating trenches and laying drainage pipe work through the product. Excess liquid was then pumped via the vacuum tanker into IBC’s awaiting appropriate waste disposal.

Due to the intense chemical and corrosive nature of the product when contaminated with water, great care had to be taken to ensure secondary contamination was kept to a minimum. All plant equipment and resources which had come into contact with the product underwent rigorous cleaning whilst most of the PPE had to be disposed of.

Key Services Provided

  • Incident Response Team
  • Crisis Management to liaise with the EA, Insurance Assessors & Local Authorities
  • Spill Response
  • Waste Disposal Management
  • Temporary Decontamination
  • Waste Streams: Hazardous, Non Hazardous, Liquid, Solid

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