Storm hits Gorgon barge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:17

A barge carrying nearly 2000 tonnes of construction equipment for the Gorgon LNG project has run aground on the Western Australian coast, as emergency services frantically respond to storm damage across the state.


The WA Department of Transport's Oil Spill Response Coordination unit said it was monitoring the barge, which was under contract to Chevron, and had grounded 3km north west of the Cervantes town jetty.

The 90m barge is loaded with 1800 tonnes of construction equipment including heavy vehicles, aerosol paint cans, 1000 litres of diesel and 1000 litres of hydraulic fluid.

The barge was en route to Barrow Island from Perth when its tug's main tow line broke last night, the department said.

An emergency connection was established in the wild weather conditions and a tow back to shore was started. The new connection broke early on Thursday morning and the barge ran aground.

"Efforts are currently focused on minimising the risk of pollution and also response preparations," Oil Spill Response co-ordinator Matt Verney said.

Meanwhile, the State Emergency Service has answered more than 250 calls for help after the severe storm that hit the Perth metropolitan area and Southwest region on Wednesday.

Investigations continue into the death of 48-year-old man who was staying at the Waroona Dam caravan park, also known as the Lake Navarino Forest Resort, near Waroona, some 108km south of Perth, when a large tree fell on his caravan about 3.20am (WST) on Thursday.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority said a mini excavator was used to remove the tree from the caravan but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Winds gusted up to 117kmh in parts of the state.


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