Damaged Ship Leaking Oil has been Fixed up and the Leak Contained
A damaged cargo ship in the Bahamas has leaked more than 1,000 gallons of oil.
Ray Darville, owner of the salvage company Overseas Marine Group Ltd., accused the government Tuesday of not cleaning up the oil leaked by the Panamanian-flagged vessel named Eugenia.
Darville says his crews have hauled the ship back into harbor and it is no longer leaking oil.
Any word on how the ship was damaged? or why the government didn't clean it up properly?
The tanker was on its way to the Everglades when its crew noticed that one of the storage tanks had a slow leak. It is still unknown what caused the leak. The crew managed to transfer the crude to a different storage tank, but around 1,000 gallons still leaked into the sea.
The government did not clean up the slick with dispersants as they were advised that this would cause the oil to sink to the seabed and could impact on marine wildlife.
The MSC Eugenia is a container ship and the oil tanks contain only oil for the ship's propulsion and accessories. The ship carries cargo containers. You can see the ship's position and photos on marinetraffic.com
The amount of oil that escaped was reported as 'up to 10 tons'.
Panama registration is a low-cost flag of convenience option for shipowners who require lenient standards for crew qualification and ship maintenance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_convenience
[Another MSC ship was wrecked off SW England some years ago, and a Swedish couple saw TV pictures of the containers that washed up on the shore. They recognised their own furniture and belongings in the wreckage, which they had consigned for passage to South America .]
Last edited by Alan; 12-14-2012 at 11:01 PM.
Thanks for the link Alan. 1,000 gallons may sound like a lot - but it will be easily broken down. This is not Deepwater Horizon - which if the news reports are to be believed is now leaking again.
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