Capesize bulker leaked oil in Bay of Gibraltar UPDATE

Feb 13 UPDATE: About 0.85 ton of oil leaked from AM GHENT into the harbor, according to latest reports. Gibraltar is to take legal actions against the ship and her owners, as expected. Mishap occurred during bunkering operation, when anchored bulk carrier was receiving fuel from bunker tanker.

Some oil leaked from bulk carrier AM GHENT in Bay of Gibraltar on Feb 12, where the ship is anchored since Feb 11. Oil leak was caused by faulty vent valve. Spanish maritime authorities deployed service boats and salvage tug to fight the pollution, failing to inform on the quantity of leaked oil, whether several liters leaked, or several dozen liters, or a ton? Clean-up is under way, with booms containing the stain. Hopefully, ship’s senior officers won’t be criminally prosecuted, because in our insane times, mass murderer or serial rapist is facing lighter punishment, than Captain/Chief Engineer of a ship which leaked oil or emitted black smoke.
Bulk carrier AM GHENT, IMO 9593476, dwt 93168, built 2011, flag Liberia, manager ARCELORMITTAL SHIPPING LTD (EQUASIS).



Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.