MSC Boxship Reports Oil Spill during Bunkering in Portugal

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A containership operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has reported leakage of marine fuel oil while undergoing refueling in the Port of Sines, Portugal.

The incident involving the 4,340 TEU MSC Sandra and the 7,281 cbm bunkering tanker Bahia Tres occurred on April 4, 2019.

Approximately 3 tons of fuel was spilled during bunkering operations from the Spain-flagged tanker to the Panama-registered boxship, according to data provided by VesselsValue.

Anti-pollution operation was put in to place and the oil spill was quickly contained.

“The authorities were immediately informed and action was swiftly taken to minimize the environmental impact of the incident. We understand that removal of the oil from the water has progressed at a good pace,” a spokesperson for MSC told World Maritime News.

An investigation into the causes of the incident has been launched.

“MSC will continue to cooperate fully with the relevant authorities and provide full support and expertise to assist with any enquiries… Customers with cargo onboard MSC Sandra are being notified of any delays incurred as a result of this incident.”

“MSC takes environmental stewardship extremely seriously and is dedicated to minimizing such incidents,” the spokesperson added.

World Maritime News Staff

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