Posted on January 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A massive fuel spill has occurred, during the process of refuelling the Danish-flagged containership, Maersk Gateshead, while the vessel was docked at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in Hong Kong, early in the morning of January the 6th.
The vessel, that belongs to the Danish shipping giant, Maersk, had docked in Hong Kong on the previous day and was being bunkered overnight by the bunker tanker Carlung.
Allegedly, the oil spill occurred at some point during the night but wasn’t reported until 05:30 am.
According to Maersk, bunkering operations were immediately stopped upon discovery, and the leakage was found and put under control.
Hong Kong Marine Department and Environmental Protection Administration was promptly informed of the incident, and an anti-pollution operation was immediately launched.
Clean-up operations continued throughout the day. Early reports suggest that the oil spill is a significant one; several thousand litres of bunker fuel have fallen into the South China Sea.
“We can confirm that on January 6 our container vessel Maersk Gateshead had oil spilling during bunkering operations while at berth at Modern Terminal Limited in Hong Kong. Maersk takes this incident very seriously. In coordination with relevant authorities an investigation into the circumstances behind the incident has been launched,” the statement read.
The vessel has suspended all cargo operations and is awaiting further instructions.
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