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Gibraltar bunker operations given green light following “OS 35” spill saga

13 Sep 2022

Bunkering operations have been cleared within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters from Friday (9 September) following an oil spill from a collision between bulk carrier OS 35 and LNG carrier ADAM LNG two weeks ago. 

According to the Gibraltar government, the Port Authority has advised that bunkering operations within Gibraltar’s waters can commence with effect from 6pm on 9 September as “the Captain of the Port is satisfied that the same capabilities as usual are now available to the Port”.

The Gibraltar government had announced Tuvalu-flagged OS 35 was beached after colliding with ADAM LNG in the Port of Gibraltar on 30 August. 

The incident took place after OS 35, which was loaded with steel rebars, clipped ADAM LNG as the former was manoeuvring to exit the bay to head to Vlissengen in the Netherlands. 

OS 35 was loaded 184 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 250 tonnes of diesel and 27 tonnes of lube oil. 

Later, the Gibraltar Port Authority confirmed a small amount of heavy fuel oil had leaked from the vessel and some escaped an oil pollution prevention boom after the hull of the bulk carrier broke.

Non-bunkering operations reportedly resumed on 7 September. 

Related: “OS 35” incident reduced from ‘Major Incident’ status after majority of fuel was extracted
Related: Captain of bulk carrier “OS 35” arrested following Gibraltar bunker spill
Related: Debunkering of diesel oil from bulk carrier “OS 35” successfully completed
Related: Bulk carrier “OS 35” beached after collision with LNG carrier “ADAM LNG” in Gibraltar


Photo credit: Gibraltar government
Published: 13 September, 2022 

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