Leak causes 35,000-gallon diesel spill off The Bahamas

Platform supply vessel Arabian has leaked about 35,000 gallons of diesel while discharging fuel on July 20 off the coast of Great Exuma, a resort island of The Bahamas. The vessel’s crew found the leak and used absorbent pads and containment buoys to recover as much diesel as they could.

“Fuel recovery procedures remain ongoing, led by owners of the MT Arabian,” said Bahamas-based Sun Oil in a statement. The company has activated its crisis management protocol, which “begins with the fact that the managing director of Sun Oil, Clinton Rolle, has assumed personal responsibility for providing leadership in supporting the efforts of the MT Arabian. So whatever resources we have, we are making them available to this effort,” said Sun Oil Chairman Sir Franklyn Wilson. “At this stage, our highest priority is the cleanup.” He added that the accident will not cause a diesel shortage on the island.

The country’s acting prime minister, Chester Cooper, said: “I am … advised that all of the agencies of government are deployed to mitigate the matter. We are happy that it is contained or appears to be contained.”

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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