Photos: Fuel/Oil Spill In Water On East Broadway

October 22, 2013

[Updated] At around 10pm this evening [Oct 22] the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service responded to the East Broadway area, after fuel/oil spilled into the water.

fuel spill marine and ports Bermuda, Oct 22 2013 (1)

There is a strong smell of gas in the area, which appears as though it could be diesel, and emergency personnel along with Marine & Ports staff are on scene working to contain the spill.

fuel spill marine and ports Bermuda, Oct 22 2013 (2)

Details are limited at this time, we will update as able.

Update 10.55pm: Workers are dropping what appears to be some form of absorbent material into the water to help absorb the spill.

oil spill cleanup

Update 11.01pm: They are also putting dish washing liquid — lemon scented Joy to be precise — into the water to help break up the oil. It looked as though they put in at least 20 bottles or so.

joy lemon scent

Update 11.29pm: It looks like they are now adding a drum of what appears to be ‘Simple Green’ cleaner to the water


Update 11.39pm: The photo below shows a closer look at the water in the area of the spill


Update 12.06am: The amount of workers on scene has decreased, however some remain and continue to work on the spill.


We aren’t expecting to receive an official update overnight, however have been told official information will be provided in the morning.

Update Oct 23, 10.27am: The cause of the diesel spill was a failure in the fueling line while ferry boats were being being fuelled, the Government has said. They also provided further information on the clean up, read the full statement here.

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  1. Diesel Spill Caused By Failure In Fueling Line | | October 23, 2013
  1. mangrove tree says:

    Some one filling up the ferry left the fuel pump on and went home again?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      That should put them to the top of the line for a promotion.

  2. mangrove tree says:

    Putting detergent on the spill is the worst thing they can do , the fuel / detergent now sinks and kills the marine life below .

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Hey, we are talking about Bermuda’s M&P department. Expect any better?

    • education says:

      wrong. so so wrong. the detergent actually breaks up the oil, it binds to the oils membrane and becomes a part of it,these smaller mixed molecules are then in such a large body of water that the oil is extremely dilute. this will cause the least harm to the fish. the other option, to skim it will take so long that the majority of concentrated oil will kill the fish before half of it has even been skimmed.

      • Zulu says:

        Molecules don’t have membranes, cells do. You think the soap might harm the fish too? How can the oil causeso much harm if it is confined to one area? That’s better than breaking it up so it spreads. Better to confine it and pump it out. Molecule membrane! Lol you have made my day.

  3. Tiger Lily says:

    Never a dull moment!

  4. ......... says:

    im smell it from home….

  5. Hmmmm.... says:

    Why would they use detergent to break up the spill?? This isn’t the correct thing – use current technology for heavens sake before all of that washes up on Nonsuch Island and other places and ruins the marine life!!

    • What? says:

      Dish soap and detergent are made with sulphate, which is a hard core grease eliminator. Sulphate is what causes the suds when you use soap. This reaction absorbs grease or any other slimy matter.

  6. Karma says:

    Lemon-scented Joy and oversized maxi-pads?

  7. Soooooooo says:

    Guess there is an excuse for the ferry to be late in the morning….. We should be refunded for all the times we have to drive to town and pay to park because the ferry is late (and no sorry)

  8. Smh says:

    Sure dump in more chemicals.. Thats a great idea

  9. mangrove tree says:

    The proper way to deal with a diesil spill is to first contain it with floating boom and the remove the contained oil with skimmers , absorbants ect.

    The use of detergent to disperse the fuel is possibly illegal.

  10. Time Shall Tell says:

    All you internet experts seem to all be in the wrong line of work….

    • Hey you guys do know Dawn is better than Joy??if that does not work , just pump out the harbour and refill with new sea water??suppose we all can get are daily dose of fish oil now??LOL

    • mangrove tree says:

      and your experiance in oil spill clean up is?

  11. We can all only hope now it be ebb tide, this will give the,(tongue in cheek)”professionals” a chance to call in “Mr. Clean” for he does a great job of cleaning up others mess…No-matter what it is.

  12. RawOnion says:

    Goodness people, this is not an Exxon Valdez sized spill (BP sized spill for you young folk). Its a small spill that is easy to contain and the detergents being used are some of the most environmentally friendly products out there. The issue here is what went wrong and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    • mangrove tree says:

      dude the issues
      1 some idiot pumped a whole lot of goverment $$$$ into the harbour 2 then some other idiots poured a whole lot of detergent on it
      thus emulsifying the spill and making it impossible to clean up.

      3 why have oil spill equipment ,training and so on at vast expense to government and oil companies and whoever pays for it all, if then you completely ignore all common sense , training and policy and procedures and pour detergent on the spill?

    • Powell says:

      And AGAIN and AGAIN!

  13. Mr. CLEAN says:

    I’ts a fact,dish washing liquid will NOT break up any spill.
    A simple check into what happened with the Torry Canyon will tell you that.
    But as usual,Bermudians know it all.
    You have simply made Bermudian sea life more dangerous.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      As though Hamilton harbor is the poster child of marine life health. Take a look at the number of dead areas now present in the harbor from all these man made marinas that have stopped the natural flow of current in certain areas. As for this spill, is isn’t on a scale that threatens the entire island & will dissipate before being of too much of a problem outside of the harbor.

  14. Zulu says:

    How dumb can anyone be? You DON’T break up the oil and allow it to disperse on the water, you try to keep it together and pump it out.Putting detergent in the water was just utterly ignorant.

  15. Truth is killin' me... says:

    I don’t have a clue how to handle this. Go away spill, go away spill…before someone finds out! Hey bye…just throw some joy and simple green on it. Fork the fish, I eat codfish anyway!! YOU PEOPLE IN CHARGE ARE ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Let's Think About This... says:

    I love how everyone on here knows how to clean up an oil spill better than BFRS and Marine & Ports. I mean, even though some of them did go to school to learn their jobs, no one knows better than Joe Public! Obviously those departments missed hiring the best in the field.

  17. Truth is killin' me... says:

    @Let’s Think About This…it’s called marine conservation. Whoever let the spill happen to the extent you could smell diesel from Salt Kettle on Harbor Road should be suspended and or fired and if it was a private boat then they should be fined…IT’S CALLED ACCOUNTABILITY! SOMETHING THIS WHOLE ISLAND IS LACKING THESE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. haha says:

    Dats why you should never swim in Hamilton Harbour!

  19. somuchless says:

    Quick someone call those bies at bp and ask them if they used joy or dawn in the golf of mexico.

  20. Really?? says:

    Big deal!! Why is this reported anyway? Looking for a story I guess! Oh well…….NEXT!!!!

  21. New Era says:

    there are obviously a bunch of extremely over qualified brain dead experts who know it all on this site. Didn’t know we provided expertise to the Torry Canyon ( crude oil) Exxon Valdez (crude oil) and BP Gulf Coast (crude oil) spills Also very quick to criticize the clean up crew but bet they didn’t VOLUNTEER to clean up this highly environmental ecosystem area so full of edible fish. There is more pollution from bottom paint on moored vessels in the area than the spill would cause. Further unless you have been on spill control courses and related prevention and COLLECTION seminars and HANDS ON you should keep quite. There are an awful lot here on this site that KNOW NOTHING OF WHAT THEY SPEAK

    • Zulu says:

      Don’t you think you are being a little too hard on yourself?

  22. Cheeshums says:

    Bernews. We have a serious problem. Everyone in Bermuda that knows everything about anything is always on your site commenting instead of being out and helping. We have all experts on here from lawyers to scientists. Keep up the good work posters.

  23. No es bueno.

  24. terry says:

    Here hear Cheeseburger.

  25. Truth is killin' me... says:

    @ Cheesums A man who says nothing…GETS NOTHING DONE! Let posters complain all they like on Bernews and other media outlets and it might swing the powers that be into action and looking after our ENVIRONMENT instead of abusing it and letting it fall into disrepair!