Hafnia tanker spills more than 2,000 gallons of bunker oil in Mississippi River

An LR tanker, Hafnia Rhine, owned by the Oslo-listed product tanker unit of BW Group, Hafnia, spilled more than 2,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River in the US.

According to the US Coast Guard, the Singapore-flagged vessel, built in 2008, discharged oil into the river last Thursday while bunkering a barge at Ama Anchorage near Kenner, Louisiana.

The oil spill was secured by the vessel’s crew, but Coast Guard pollution responders deployed to the scene estimated up to 2,100 gallons of fuel oil entered the water and contaminated at least 50 barges in the vicinity.

The National Response Corporation and Environmental Safety and Health Consulting Services were hired to help remove the oil from the water. A containment boom and a sorbent boom were placed around the affected area, including the contaminated vessels.

There have been no reports of impact on wildlife and the cause of the spill is still under investigation, the Coast Guard said.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. So a 76,578 ton dwt. tanker is at anchor in the Mississippi River supplying bunkers to bunker barges?
    That means it’s a glorified bunker barge.

  2. Scupper plugs? At least they have completed 20 pages of useless bunker check list.

  3. Very unfortunate, result of carelessness and inexperienced crew, company policy not conducive to work safely

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