Friday, September 26, 2014

Chile’s oil and gas terminals closed

Due to an oil spill, ENAP’s monobuoy, multibuoy and LPG terminals at Quintero Bay, near Vaslparaiso, are closed.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Chile has advised that the oil spill was caused by a tanker - believed to be a Stamatis-controlled LR1 ‘Mimosa’ - following an incident on 24th September at the monobuoy terminal when hoses and cargo connections were severed.

This resulted in a spill of around three cubic metres into sea.

Following the incident, ENAP, in co-ordination with the National Maritime Authority of Chile, deployed an environmental personnel team to mitigate the impact on the environment.

Absorbent sleeves were used and barriers were put in place extending 800 m. An  investigation was underway with the involved stakeholders to determine the causes of this incident, ISS said.

Other port operations are continuing as normal. In the affected areas, vessels will be cleaned before departure. 

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