Fuel/Oil Discharged By The Trash Pump On Tug

May 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

The tug Clevelander “filled with water and emergency pumping had resulted in some fuel/oil having been discharged by the trash pump they were using to prevent the tug sinking” and an absorbent oil boom was “deployed in order to contain the heavier oil .”

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Wednesday 18th May, 08:35 am – An oil sheen on the surface of the water is observed inside the Dockyard South Camber extending from the Commercial Docks to the Camber Breakwater entrance.

“Upon further investigation the pollution source is found to be the tug Clevelander, the crew onboard reporting that the tug had filled with water and emergency pumping had resulted in some fuel/oil having been discharged by the trash pump they were using to prevent the tug sinking.

“The Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] are briefed and a RBR Coastguard unit is tasked to assess the situation. An absorbent oil boom is later deployed in order to contain the heavier oil and stop it entering the North Camber. DENR will follow up with the vessel operator Crisson Construction regarding next steps and any additional cleanup measures.”

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