A bulk carrier that collided with an LNG tanker near Gibraltar began leaking fuel oil, authorities in the British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula said Wednesday.
Tuesday’s collision forced the port of Gibraltar to be closed for four hours. It was later fully reopened.
The hull of the bulk carrier OS 35 broke, authorities said, but the ship did not split into two parts.
“There has been a substance leakage from the ship as a result of the movement resulting from the rupture. Initial investigations indicate that this is lubricating oil,” the government of Gibraltar said in a statement.
“Current evidence suggests that the onboard fuel is well contained and we hope unloading can begin tomorrow.”
The collision occurred as the ship OS 35, loaded with steel bars and carrying more than 400 tons of fuel, was on its way out of the bay. The ADAM LNG flying Marshall Islands flag arrived in Gibraltar after unloading in Malta. It is anchored near the collision site.
The Port Authority of Gibraltar sent the OS 35 to the east side to ensure it could be safely beached to minimize the risk of the ship sinking. The 24-man crew was evacuated.