VIDEO: Oil Transfer from Stranded Bulker off Mexico Set to Start

Technical activities aimed at removal of hazardous waste and transfer of around 425,000 liters of fuel and about 11, 484 liters of oil from the cracked Mexican bulk carrier Los Llanitos, stuck on the rocks near Mexico’s Barra de Navidad for over two weeks, have been launched.

The formal start of the operations is scheduled for today with the arrival of an oil tank vessel from Panama, weather permitting, Mexico’s environmental agency Profepa said in an update.

According to Profepa, preliminary preparations and necessary equipment for pumping of the oil from the bulker have been put in place.

A tug and a supporting barge have been dispatched to the site to assist in the operation.

As informed, the latest tour of the wreck showed no indication of an oil spill. Additional booms have been placed on the spot by the agency and Mexico’s navy forces to make sure any potential leak is contained, the agency added.

Once the fuel and oil are removed, the 71,665 DWT ship will be sunk and converted into an artificial reef, according to Mexican authorities.

The ship fell victim to the Hurricane Patricia which hit the Mexico’s Pacific coast on October 23rd, wreaking havoc on the local coastal communities before weakening into a tropical depression.

The ship got grounded on the rocks and sustained considerable damage, as the ship’s hull was cracked in the middle and the ship is feared of splitting into half.

World Maritime News Staff; Images: Profepa

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Oct 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3

CruiseConnect Global 2019

Attend CrewConnect Global and stay on for the CruiseConnect Summit to take part in an industry-wide conversation focused…

read more >

CEDA Dredging Days 2019

CEDA Dredging Days programme will follow its successful format of contributed peer-reviewed…

read more >

Offshore Wind Europe 2019

#OWEU19 is a meeting place for governments, developers and suppliers to grow the confidence in wind power. Perfect to grow your business by securing new customers, meeting officials and industry heads.

read more >

6th Mozambique Gas Summit & Exhibit

This year’s edition will have a revamped programme for attendees.

read more >