ArcelorMittal has confirmed to Bunkerspot that its 93,168 DWT bulk carrier AM Ghent was involved in a bunker spill while refuelling in Gibraltar last week.
As previously reported, the Gibraltar Government announced that a clean-up operation had begun on Friday after oil was detected in the British Oversees Territory’s waters.
The spill was reported to have occurred during bunkering operations. This has since been confirmed by a spokesperson for ArcelorMittal who told Bunkerspot that there had been ‘a limited release of fuel oil from the vessel’ while refuelling in Gibraltar at approximately 6.00 am local time on 12 February.
‘Bunkering operations ceased immediately and crew commenced deck cleaning operations,’ the spokesperson told Bunkerspot.
‘Arcelor Mittal Shipping is working closely with the technical managers, Anglo-Eastern, as well as the Gibraltar Port Authorities in the coordination of clean-up operations. We would like to thank all those involved so far for their swift and professional response in containing the spill.’
The spokesperson added: ‘All necessary notifications have been made and efforts remain ongoing.’
AM Ghent is a bareboat chartered owned vessel of a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Dry Log. AMDL Ship Management Ltd. London is manager of the joint venture.
In a statement issued earlier this week, the Gibraltar Port Authority said that all clean up-related costs will be recovered from the vessel and it would remain detained in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters until payment was received.