Delta Tankers denies one of its suezmaxes was responsible for huge Brazil oil spill

Delta Tankers denies one of its suezmaxes was responsible for huge Brazil oil spill

Greece’s Delta Tankers is denying one of its suezmaxes is responsible for one of the worst oil spills in Brazilian history.

On Friday Brazilian authorities said that the Bouboulina, a ship carrying Venezuelan crude to Asia in July, was the culprit for a huge volume of oil washing up on hundreds of kilometres of local coastline.

“There is no proof of the vessel having stopped, conducted any kind of STS operation (Ship to Ship), oil leaked/spilled, slowed down or veered off course, on its passage from Venezuela to Melaka, Malaysia,” Delta Tankers stressed in a statement posted on its website over the weekend.

Brazil’s solicitor general has said he will seek substantial damages in the case.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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