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Bunker spill at Rotterdam, shipowner held responsible

24 Jun 2018

Certain sections of the Port of Rotterdam, including the Third Petroleum Harbour, the Wiltonhaven and the marinas of Vlaardingen and Schiedam have been blocked due to a bunker spill from Bow Jubail.

“On Sunday, June 24, 2018 it was observed that there is a wide spread of oil spores on the water, from Hoek van Holland to Spijkenisse bridge and to the Benelux tunnel,” said a noticed from the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

“Most of the oil is in the Third Petroleum Harbor.”

The Port of Rotterdam Authority said it has held the owner of the tanker liable.

On Saturday (23 June) at approximately 13:40 Rotterdam time, the 37,944 dwt Odfjell-managed chemical tanker Bow Jubail was proceeding to an assigned berth for loading at the Botlek area when it made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull, said Odfjell.

The accident resulted in a release of about 220 metric tonnes (mt) of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the vessel’s internal bunker fuel tank.

“Mitigating actions were immediately taken to limit the spill, both by the vessel’s crew and by resources from shore. The leakage was stopped, and there is no risk of further spills,” it said in a note.

“Odfjell regrets the unfortunate incident and takes this matter very seriously.

“Together with GARD, Odfjell will cooperate closely with Dutch Authorities to ensure that necessary resources are available in taking the required actions and mitigate consequences of the oil spill.”

Photo credit: Odfjell
Published: 25 June, 2018


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