An oil leak was detected while crude oil tanker Cabo Sounion (IMO 9275737) was mooring at an underwater loading buoy off the Puerto Rosales oil port, about 30km southeast of the port city of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, late on December 26th. The pollution was discovered by a fisherman early the following day. On January 15th the subsidiary of Germany-based Oiltanking was alleged to be responsible for environmental damage.
A criminal complaint was filed in federal court by the municipalities of Bahia Blanca and Coronel Rosales against the loading port operator, Oiltanking Ebytem. It was stated that an oil slick measuring more than 20 km/sq was seen in the bay off Bahia Blanca. The nature reserves of Bahia Blanca, Bahia Falsa and Bahia Verde were said to have been affected by the oil spill.
The municipalities asserted that the company was tardy in activating the required emergency protocol.
The courts will decide whether the company was negligent.
2004-built, Argentina-flagged, 40,038 gt Cabo Sounion is owned by Cabo Vigenes Shipping Inc care of manager Antares Naviera SA of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Antares Naviera SA. As of January 21st it was at anchor in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.