Fuel Spill During Bunkering Operations Off Barcelona


A containership spilled fuel oil during bunkering operations on Tuesday night.


A Denmark flagged container vessel spilled oil 70 miles off Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea.  The accidental spill, a consequence of a duty officer’s error, happened during a routine fuel transfer operation from one tank to another.            

The Spanish Marine authorities were informed  by the crew of the vessel’s accidental spill. The authorities reverted with an immediate cleaning operation by engaging a helicopter, a surveillance aircraft and anti-pollution vessels. The quantity of spill is unknown.

The vessel was en route from Algeciras to Genoa, Italy with 21 crew members. The Harbour Master of Barcelona enabled the National Maritime Plan at level 1.

Vessel details

Vessel name : The Nele Maersk is 27.733-GT containership
Vessel build : Built in Taiwanese CSBC KAOHSIUNG shipbuilding yard in 2000
Ship Flag: Denmark (DK)
AIS Type: Cargo
Gross Tonnage: 27733
Deadweight: 30194 t
Length × Breadth: 199m × 31m

Source: Vesselfinder