Heavy Fuel Oil Spill Reaches Australia’s Sydney Harbour

Illustration; A "vessel of opportunity" skims oil spilled after the Deepwater Horizon/BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. (NOAA)

Some 150 litres of heavy marine fuel oil reached Australia’s Sydney Harbour at Gore Bay, Greenwich, following an oil spill from the Viva Energy oil terminal in late December 2016.

The majority of the spill was contained, while part of it reached the harbour, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said, adding the amount will be quantified as part of the EPA’s investigation.

A clean-up operation commenced immediately and included installing booms, skimming the water and steam cleaning the foreshore and rocks.

The EPA is now investigating the circumstances of the spill, whether environmental impacts have occurred and considering if any regulatory action is required.

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