Nele Maersk Spills Oil off Spain
Last night, Nele Maersk container ship, bound for Genoa with 21 crew on board, informed Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (Salvamento Maritimo) that there had been an accidental spillage of fuel during a routine operation of fuel transfer between tanks. The spill area is 140 km from the Catalan coast and 100 km from the Balearic Islands.
Salvamento Maritimo mobilized various means to perform aerial survey and minimize the effects of the spill. Activated means are Helimer 206 helicopter, the vessel Punta Mayor, Aldebaran Salvamar Sasemar boat and plane 101.
The maritime authorities have reported the incident to the port of Genoa and the State of the flag (Denmark), in order to the measures provided for in Community legislation for these incidents are in place. For its part, the Harbour Master of Barcelona has enabled the National Maritime Plan at level 1.