Barge overturns at Heritage Petroleum's North Field in the Gulf of Paria with six persons on board. Incident is said to have happened around 8:30am today. The site is being closely monitored for oil spill response as 900 barrels of diesel fuel were on board when the vessel sank. pic.twitter.com/6QCBcw8dxa
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Authorities in Trinidad & Tobago are trying to contain a possible environmental disaster, after a supply vessel carrying 900 barrels of diesel fuel capsized and sank in the Gulf of Paria, on November 30.
ore specifically, the country’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries are trying to deal with the possibility of an oil spill after the Liftboat Daniela capsized and sank in the Heritage Petroleum Company’s North Field.
At the time of the incident, six crew members were on board the supply vessel, which were removed and accounted for after Heritage Petroleum received an SOS and immediately responded.
According to information, the vessel was attempting to demobilize from its location and in the process capsized and sank to the seafloor. What is more, the vessel’s owner, Trinity Group of Companies, stated that the ship was conducting routine operations when it began developing a list.
After a while, the captain made the decision to abandon ship, and within the hour, the liftboat had capsized and sunk.
There are about 900 barrels of diesel fuel on board the vessel, and oil spill response equipment is on standby in case a spill response is required.