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Vroon product tanker in bunker spill at Louisiana

24 Apr 2018

The Netherlands-flagged product and chemical tanker Iver Exporter discharged about 1,600 gallons (6 metric tonnes) worth of heavy fuel oil at a location near Norco, Louisiana in the US on Monday, according to the US Coast Guard.

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Iver Ships have highlighted that the source of the discharge is secured and the vessel is currently moored at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex.

Overflights, on-water and shoreline assessments have found shoreline impact from mile marker 126 to 122 of the Mississippi River.

At present, the Unified Command has deployed 40 people and six vessels in response to the incident and is preparing for clean-up efforts.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation

The Iver Exporter is a 2000-built 45,683 dwt product and chemical tanker owned by Iver Ships, a company responsible for marketing, chartering, operations and ship management of the Vroon tanker fleet, and managed by Vroon Shipmanagement, according to a shipping database.

Photo credit: Martarano Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Published: 24 April, 2018


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