Hopper Dredger Brasinho Capsizes Off Armona

Image source: Portuguese National Maritime Authority

The hopper dredger Brasinho, owned by the Faro based dredging company Sofareias, has overturned off the Ria Formosa island of Armona, Portugal.

The accident occurred yesterday, January 16th, and the Olhao mayor, Antonio Pina, said it is too early to draw definitive conclusions regarding the possible causes.

According to the Portuguese National Maritime Authority, the crew of the dredger was rescued by a water taxi.

The 80 meter vessel now lies on the seabed about a kilometer south-west of the Lavajo sand bar near Armona.

The Navy already spotted leaked fuel in the water but the Portuguese National Maritime Authority said there is no environmental risk.

Anti-pollution barriers were put in place immediately to contain possible oil spills.

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