Tanker hits concrete dike, leaks 30 ton oil

6th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 July 2005, HAAFTEN – An inland tanker carrying fuel oil hit a groyne in the Waal near Haaften early on Wednesday morning. The resulting hole in the hull caused as much as 30 or 35 tons of oil to leak into the water, according to a spokesperson for the Korps Landelijke Politiediensten (KLPD).

6 July 2005

HAAFTEN – An inland tanker carrying fuel oil hit a groyne in the Waal near Haaften early on Wednesday morning. The resulting hole in the hull caused as much as 30 or 35 tons of oil to leak into the water, according to a spokesperson for the Korps Landelijke Politiediensten (KLPD).

The 62-year-old captain told the KLPD in a statement that an approaching ship had forced him to turn too far to the left, causing him to hit the groyne. “It was a steering error,” said a KLPD spokesman.  The captain was not arrested, but the police made a report.

The ship, which originated in Duisburg, was on its way to Antwerp with 2,094 tons of fuel oil.  As soon as he noticed the leak, the captain turned his vessel and moored it on a special quay for hazardous cargo in the emergency harbour of Haaften in Gelderland.

A screen was placed around the ship to prevent more oil leaking into the Waal.

At about 9.30am today, the Rijkswaterstaat was vacuuming the oil contained by the screen into tankships and lorries.

The water police were examining the scene of the accident. “For the moment the environmental damage seems reasonably limited,” said the KLPD spokesperson. There was no hindrance to shipping.

Today the KLPD will map the oil spill from a helicopter. The spokesperson could not say how much fuel had leaked but estimated it at between 30 and 35 barrels.

The hole affected a compartment in which 300 barrels of fuel oil were being transported. The Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid will investigate the cause of the accident.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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