Fuel spills into Mississippi River at New Orleans during bulk carrier’s bunkering

More than a ton of high sulphur fuel oil was discharged into the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana, because of a spill while a bulk carrier was bunkering.

It is estimated the equivalent of between 10 and 20 barrels of fuel was spilled from the 2007-built vessel Vitahorizon, a Greece-operated, Malta-flagged ship.

Afterwards there was a noticeable odour around the incident site at Lower 12 Mile Point Anchorage near Braithwaite and Wilderness Park.

The two bunkering vessels were boomed off for the cleanup process, which is being overseen by the US Coast Guard (USCG).

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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