The Project


In January 2009, 130 passengers and crew were about to leave the port on a Stranraer ferry when an articulated lorry crashed through the rear access doors of the cross channel catamaran. The lorry was left suspended from the back of the ferry, with the main cab still in the ferry’s loading area, and its trailer bulk powder unit resting on one of the ferry’s stern thrusters.

The Solution


Adler and Allan was the retained OPRC (oil pollution preparedness, response and cooperation) responder for the Port of Stranraer, and we managed the environmental aspects of the rescue and the lorry’s recovery. Our main task was to protect the surrounding waters from possible spillages before the lorry could be safely removed.

  • Made emergency contact with the Port of Stranraer and Stena Line and collected essential information on the lorry’s position and contents - 21,000 kg of a known dry bulk powder.
  • Assessed the risk from the vehicle’s oil tanks and the hydraulic hoses around the ferry’s stern thrusters.
  • Rapidly deployed booms around the ferry in order to catch any pollutants.

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The Outcome


In January 2009, the works were successfully completed to the full satisfaction of our client.