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Gülser Ana

SpillsGülser Ana

In the night of 25 to 26 August 2009, the Turkish ore carrier Gülser Ana, loaded with 39,250 tonnes of phosphorite (phosphate rock), 570 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 70 tonnes of marine diesel and 8 tonnes of lubricating oil, was travelling from Kpeme (Togo) to Visakhapatnam (India), when it grounded off Faux Cap, at the southernmost point of Madagascar. The impact of the accident caused a crack in the side of the vessel and the 23 crew members had to be rescued. On 30 August, the vessel broke in two. Part of its fuel and its cargo were released into the sea.

Gülser Ana
Wreck of the Gülser Ana (source: Cedre)

The risk generated by this accident was two-fold: phosphorite can contain heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and chrome) and oil products can contaminate vital resources for local populations (fish and coastal well water). A ministerial order was therefore issued banning fishing in the area. In return, the area’s fishermen received transitory compensation from the vessel’s insurer.

Clean-up operations were conducted on the 50 km of oiled beaches by a few experts in spill response working with 100 to 150 locals who were trained, equipped and remunerated for their participation. Two agents from Cedre were sent on site in September and October upon request by the Republic of Madagascar Ministry of Transport. Their mission was to determine whether the marine environment and the water for consumption from coastal wells were polluted due to the spill of fuel and cargo from the Gülser Ana. Water samples (sea and wells) and fish samples were taken. Analysis carried out in Cedre’s laboratory showed no pollution due to the ore carrier.

Water sampling in a coastal well (source: Cedre)


  • Cedre, 2009, Rapport au Ministère des Transports de la République Malgache sur l’accident du navire Gülser Ana sur la côte sud de Madagascar
  • Cedre, 2009, L’accident du navire minéralier Gülser Ana sur la côte sud de Madagascar, dans la nuit du 25 au 26 aout 2009

Name: Gülser Ana

Date: 26 August 2009

Location: Madagascar

Accident area : off Faux Cap

Cause of spill : grounding

Quantities transported : 39,250 tonnes of phosphorite, 570 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 70 tonnes of marine diesel and 8 tonnes of lubricating oil

Type of pollutants : phosphorite (phosphate rock), heavy fuel oil, lubricating oil

Ship type : bulk carrier

Details on type : ore carrier

Date built : 1985

Length : 188.5 m

Width : 29.7 m

Flag : Turkish

Owner : Kardeniz Denizcilik

Operator : Mardeniz Denizcilik

Insurer : Cabinet Holman Fenwick

P&I Club : North of England

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Last update: February 2010

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