A Korean man has been charged by the Royal Gibraltar Police for court, following an oil spill in the Bay of Gibraltar earlier this month.
ccording to the Royal Gibraltar Police, the Captain of the tanker the Gas Venus, was charged with one count of Discharge Into Or Allows Escaping Into, British Gibraltar Territorial Waters Oil Of Any Description and one count of Damaging A Resting Place Of A Wild Animal Of A European Protected Species.
The incident took place on the morning of Tuesday 1 August, as the tanker took on fuel a short distance from the South Mole. The spill was of heavy fuel oil, which is used to power ship engines. Some of the oil washed ashore in Gibraltar, causing the temporary closure of Camp Bay and Rosia Bay.
The Captain was charged following an investigation by Royal Gibraltar Police Marine Section officers, with assistance from the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Department of the Environment.
According to local media, the captain has been freed on bail in the amount of £5,000 and has handed over his travel documents. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.