An oil spill was reported from a Maersk containership yesterday, the 2,240 teu Nele Maersk (30,194 dwt, built 2000), around 140km off the coast of Barcelona.
The vessel was bound for Genoa when the spill occurred during a routine fuel transfer between tanks.
Maersk Line confirmed the incident to Splash, a spokesperson saying that the vessel is fully manoeuvrable, there are no injuries to the crew and that the ship has resumed its voyage.
“According to initial assessments the spill amounts to approximately 35 metric tonnes,” the spokesperson said.
Local authorities mobilised by sea and air to inspect the area and are working to contain the spill.