Jamaican Spills Linked to Bunkering Operations in Kingston Harbour

Jamaica’s National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) has said that, of the three spills that occurred in November, two have been linked to bunkering activities. The third spill was attributed to a land-based facility. “An oil sheen as a result of the incidents covered an area of approximately 27km2 of the harbour, extending to the shoreline of the Palisadoes,” stated NEPA, adding that “a post monitoring assessment on December 2nd indicated that no oil sheen was observed in the harbour.”

Pollution into any harbour constitutes a criminal offence in Jamaica, with the Natural Resources Conservation Authority entitled to recover any costs incurred during abatement of spill impacts, among other actions.