oil spill

Lessons learned: Oil spilled due to defective cargo hose

UK P&I Club informs about an oil spill incident. Namely, a tanker was ready to load a petroleum product cargo at an offshore anchorage by ship to ship transfer (STS). During the operation, the cargo hose ruptured causing oil to spray on deck and overboard. A small quantity of oil was released into the sea, because of the effective response of the crew.

USCG responded to oil spill in Texas

The US Coast Guard informed that it responded to an oil spill near Tabbs Bay, Texas, on Wednesday June 27. Namely, about 40 barrels of crude oil were discharged from a deteriorated valve on a platform owned by Siempre Energy. The source has been secured and an estimated 25 barrels of crude oil have been recovered until now.

Port of Rotterdam cleaned most of the spilled oil

After the ‘Bow Jubail’ made contact with a jetty in the Port of Rotterdam on June 23, it ruptured the hull, spilling about 217 tons of heavy fuel oil. The port authority along with emergency services started mitigation measures and have a now cleaned a large amount of the oil spilled.

Port of Rotterdam oil spill ‘a stark reminder’ of HFO risk

On 23 June 2018, a collision between a tanker and the jetty in the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest seaport, caused about 217 tonnes of HFO to spill into the water. The incident highlights the need for a ban on the use and carriage of HFO which can have a devastating environmental impact, warned the Clean Arctic Alliance.

Port of Rotterdam starts work to clean up the oil spill

After the oil spill that was reported at the Port of Rotterdam, the port authority along with emergency services installed oil booms around the vessel as quickly as possible to prevent the further spread of the oil. The installation was successful but some of the oil had already spread beyond the incident area. 

Oil released from Odfjell tanker after collision with jetty

While going to its assigned berth for loading, the ‘Bow Jubail’ made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull, on June 23. As result, about 217 tons of heavy fuel oil were released from the fuel tank. The leakage has now stopped, and there is no risk of further spills. The company has established an Incident Investigation Team to identify the root courses.

North Club: Common factors during an oil spill

Oil pollution incidents can cause expensive claims, where clean-up costs, fines and damages to affected third parties can amount to several million dollars. However, the majority of oil pollution claims do not involve tankers or oil cargoes, as pollution caused by the release of bunker fuel is more common, North P&I Club informs.

US court upholds penalties for Greek shipping companies over ocean pollution

A US federal appeals court upheld the criminal convictions and penalties that were imposed on the operators of the Ocean Hope. The case stems after an inspection, during which senior engineers for the companies tried to hide that the vessel had been dumping oily wastes into the ocean for months.

Oil spill reported at Breton Sound, Louisiana

US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 6:29 p.m. Thursday about a 61-foot motor vessel hitting the Breton Sound 18 production platform. This caused the spill of about 840 gallons of crude oil from the platform. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

Fatigue causes barge’s sinking and marine oil spill

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued an investigation report on the grounding of articulated tug-barge composed of the tug’ Nathan E. Stewart’ and the tank barge ‘DBL 55’, resulting in the barge’s sinking and an oil discharge into the water. The report indicated fatigue as the key cause of the accident. 

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