Oil Spill in Hong Kong Waters & in the Gulf of Mexico!



An oil spill was reported in Hong Kong waters after a collision between an oil tanker and a mainland-registered cargo vessel off Tsing Yi in the early hours Friday.

The slick measuring 50 by 10 metres was sighted off Tsing Yi following the collision at about 2.30 am Friday, according to the Marine Department.

Source: South China Morning Post

While the above news is about an oil spill in Hong Kong waters – here is one more news where the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has said that “a 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf forced Royal Dutch Shell to shut in all wells flowing to its Brutus Platform”.


Image Source: Reuters


Image Source: BSEE

The agency reported that a roughly 2 nm by 10 nm sheen was visible off the Louisiana coast, near Shell’s Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a manifold to the Brutus platform.

A Shell helicopter spotted the spill on Thursday when an oily sheen appeared in the vicinity of four wells that sit along the seafloor in an oil field about 165 miles south-southwest of New Orleans, according to the federal agency.  The agency, which regulates offshore oil activity, said the sheen was 2 miles by 13 miles.

Oil from those wells flows through an underwater pipeline back to Shell’s Brutus platform. Shell said Thursday that there was no drilling going on and the leak wasn’t caused by a blowout.

“The likely cause of the sheen is a release of oil from subsea infrastructure and in response, we have isolated the leak and shut-in production,” the company said in a statement, adding that it didn’t cause any injuries.  “No release is acceptable and safety remains our highest priority as we respond to this incident.”

In a statement published on the NOAA website Thursday, the Coast Guard said that the source of the leak “was reported as secured” and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

Source: BSEE, WSJ


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.