Gibraltar has deployed boats with absorbent booms to contain a spill from LPG carrier Gas Venus (IMO9774197) after the high tide released oil from the coastline in the Rosia Bay area. A red flag was raised at Camp Bay.
On August 3rd and 4th clean-up work was continuing, focusing mainly on Rosia Bay. The Maritime Captaincy said that the situation was constantly improving and that there were no significant oil slicks floating freely in the bay.
The captain of the Gas Venus was reported as having been taken into custody after the oil spill, which occurred during the morning of August 1st. The vessel’s tanks overflowed during bunkering in the southern part of the western anchorage, from bunker tanker Hercules 500.
. The accident temporarily forced the suspension of operations at the Port of Gibraltar.
The Royal Gibraltar Police said that they were looking for a person who speaks Korean and English and could collaborate in an ongoing investigation into the spill.
2017-bult, Panama-flagged, 25,004 gt Gas Venus is owned by KT RE2 Shipping SA care of KSS Line Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of KT RE2 Shipping SA.