Oil Spill Hinders Chilean Port Operations

Oil Spill Hinders Chilean Port Operations
Port of Valparaiso

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Chile has reported an oil spill at Quintero Bay, Nr Valparaiso, Chile, following an incident on Thursday, September 24, at the Monobuoy Terminal when the MT Mimosa cut off hoses and cargo connection, resulting in a spill of around three cubic metres at sea.


Following the incident, ENAP (terminal owners) in coordination with the National Maritime Authority of Chile deployed a team of expert environmental personnel to mitigate the impact on the environment, by employing absorbent sleeves and installing barriers with an 800 metres extension.

Concurrently, an investigation was established with the involved stakeholders to determine the causes of this incident.

On September 25, the oil spill teams continued with the environmental clean-up and where affected, vessels will continue to be cleansed before departure.

Port operations have not been stopped but currently the ENAP terminals Monobuoy, Multibuoy and LPG are not working.

Press Release, September 26, 2014; Image: Puerto Valparaiso



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