Hanhikivi Oil Spill Stops Dredging Project

An oil spill occurred yesterday morning, October 6th, at the coast of Hanhikivi Headland while Terramare Ltd. was conducting hydraulic construction work.

The company was performing dredging operations in the area when the bottom of the barge hit the ocean floor causing the oil spill.

Approximately 300 liters of oil leaked to the sea, which formed about 200 meters long and 150 meters wide oil slick.

Rescue Department located the oil slick quickly and began the oil spill response work. Currently Rescue Service has four vessels at the location that continue the oil spill response work.

Terramara’s barge was given permission to leave and is now on its way to the Raahe harbor for inspection and repair.

The Coast Guard Center of The Finnish Border Guard is in charge of the situation and the response work.

Fennovoima has decided to halt the dredging work for now. “An oil spill at the sea area is always a serious matter. Such environmental damage shouldn’t be a part of any construction work and is in no way acceptable,” said Fennovoima’s Project Director Minna Forsström.

We expect Terramare to provide a report of the accident and new guidance for their work procedures at Hanhikivi headland. We will evaluate the report and guidance together with the plant supplier RAOS Project and main contractor Titan-2. Only if these materials meet our requirements the dredging work can continue,” Forsström added.

Titan-2 and Terramare signed the hydraulic construction work contract in July 2016.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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