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Lessons learned: Problematic lube oil cooler leads to pollution

The UK P&I Club presents a case where a defective lube oil cooler caused pollution. Namely as the ship was alongside, oil sheens were observed floating on the dock water around the stern, which were believed to be from lubricating oil leaking from the stern tube seal. The deficient condition of the lube oil cooler caused not only a pollution incident, but also significant costs regarding clean up, inspections, repairs and off-hire.

ROV stops minor oil spills from Grande America wreck

Ocean Infinity, a seabed survey and ocean exploration company, confirmed that, after an agreement with Ardent, it has completed a project regarding an urgent subsea search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on 12 March. In addition, several light leaks of oil were noted through the vents on some of the ship’s seawater ballasts from its fuel tanks.

Authorities estimate Dublin Express resulted to 100.000 gallons of HFO spill

Authorities estimated that the Dublin Express container ship released approximately 100.000 gallons of heavy fuel oil, when voyaging along the East Coast to New York and in the Arthur Kill. The estimation of the oil spill follows the vessel’s clearance to depart from the terminal, following repairs and cleaning of the vessel.

Bunker spill at the port of Sines

An accident during a bunkering operation aboard the Panama-flagged container ship, MSC Sandra, led to a significant oil spill. According to estimations, three tonnes of marine fuel were spilled during a bunkering operation involving the Bahia III barge and the MSC Sandra containership in the Portuguese port on Friday, 5 April.

EMSA launches procurement procedure for new oil spill recovery vessels

In order to enhance its response capacity network EMSA announced the launch of a procurement procedure to contract new stand-by oil spill recovery vessels in the Adriatic Sea, West Mediterranean Sea, and Central Mediterranean Sea. The contracted vessels would carry out normal commercial activities and, at request, be transformed and mobilised at short notice for at-sea oil recovery services during an oil spill.

USCG clears Dublin Express to leave New York Container Terminal

The US Coast Guard allowed the Dublin Express to leave the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island, on April 5. The departure was approved following completion of repairs and cleaning of the vessel. The Unified Command, including state and federal agencies and the responsible party, will continue cleanup operations until all affected parts of the Arthur Kill Waterway are completely restored.

Hole in container ship at New York Container Terminal sealed

Hapag-Lloyd informed that the hole in the hull of the container ship Dublin Express, from which an oil spill occurred at Global Marine New York Container Terminal, on March 28, has now been sealed. The US Coast Guard also confirmed that containment booms are now in place, which contain the oil spill and protect the nearby marine environment. 

Alaskan Senator permanently reauthorizes oil spill fund

US Senator Dan Sullivan introduced the Spill Response and Prevention Surety Act, legislation to modify and permanently reauthorize the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. The move coincides with the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez.

Oil spilled from ship moored in New York Container Terminal

USCG and partner agencies are responding to an oil spill that occurred in the Arthur Kill waterway near the Goethals Bridge, Thursday afternoon, after fuel-oil leaked from a commercial container ship while moored at the Global Marine New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.

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