Tonga eruption sparks tanker spill in far-off Peru

A suezmax oil tanker discharging crude on Saturday in Ventanilla, north of Lima, spilled oil into the ocean when high waves caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga, east of Australia, reached Peru’s shores about 6,800 miles away.

D’Amico Fratelli’s Mare Doricum was carrying close to 1m barrels of crude oil; it is unclear how much of that oil was spilled.

According to a government statement, the spill has been contained and cleaning is underway.

The Peruvian Navy is being criticized for not issuing a tsunami alert after the eruption.

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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