Rotterdam: ‘Considerable’ Fuel Oil Spilled In Harbor


On Sunday, the Port of Rotterdam said that a clean-up operation was underway after an oil freighter penetrated its hull while mooring. It released a “considerable” amount of heavy fuel oil.

In a statement, the owner of the freighter Bow Jubail, Odfjell, said that the ship had lost approximately 220 tons of heavy fuel oil because of fo the incident, which took place last Saturday afternoon.

On the other hand, in a statement, Rotterdam Port said that the majority of that amount had been initially contained with shields, however, some were able to escape and was leaking into the multiple arteries of the expansive waterways of the harbour.

The port disclosed: “Experts expect that clean-up work will take days if not weeks.”

According to the Sea Creatures Rescue Team of the Netherlands, various environmental volunteers and groups were already working to save as much as 1,000 birds that were covered in the oil as a result of the incident.

Rotterdam said that it would hold Odfjell responsible for the damages. In a separate statement, Odjfell said that it is assisting in “mitigating actions.”

In a statement that was published on its website, the company stated: “The vessel is insured by the P&I club GARD who has also mobilized resources.” The statement talked about the clean-up effort that was initiated by the company.

Authorities in the Netherlands were investigating the said incident, and Odjfell said that it is conducting its own internal investigation.