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August 30, 2022: Ship Collides with Tanker off Coast of Gibraltar

Photo by Gibraltar Government

A cargo ship collided with an LNG tanker that was anchored between Catalan Bay and Sandy Bay. The cargo ship was carrying 183 tons of heavy fuel oil, 250 tons of diesel fuel, and 27 tons of lube oil at the time of the accident. Tugs were deployed to place booms around the vessels in an effort to contain the spill. The Strait of Gibraltar is a busy waterway that separates Europe and Africa.
The Gibraltar Government released the following statement. The Port Authority is dealing with an incident involving a collision between two vessels in the Bay. The vessel OS 35 clipped the vessel ADAM LNG. The Port Authority directed the vessel OS 35 to the Eastside in order to ensure it could be beached and in that way try to minimize as much as possible the risk of the vessel sinking and to secure the lives of the mariners on board.” A dive team was deployed on Tuesday morning to perform underwater inspections of the vessels.

Gibraltar crash: Ship carrying 250 tonnes of diesel collides with tanker – oil spill fears

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