Vroon product tanker spills 2,600 gallons of HFO in Mississippi River

Vroon product tanker spills 2,600 gallons of HFO in Mississippi River

The US Coast Guard (USCG) and other entities were responding on Monday to an oil spill from a Dutch-flagged tanker in the Mississippi River.

2000-built product tanker Iver Exporter, owned by MOL Product Tankers and managed by Vroon, discharged about 2,600 gallons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) near Norco in Louisiana.

Oil spill response organization OMI Environmental Solutions was also on the scene after the spill occurred around 1am.

The source of the spill is secured with no reported injuries or impacts on wildlife reported so far. And no waterways were closed or restricted.

Iver Exporter is moored at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex.

An investigation will be conducted into the cause of the incident.

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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