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Swift response to oil spill limits damage to the environment

  • The incident happened when a yacht which was refuelling suffered an overflow from the tank vent on deck

A minor oil spill occurred at Western Arm in Gibraltar on Wednesday at about 1pm, but the problem was quickly resolved.

The incident happened when a yacht which was refuelling suffered an overflow from the tank vent on deck. The yacht crew immediately deployed absorbent booms and pads into the sea and were able to contain the spill within the immediate vicinity of the yacht. Most of the oil in the water had drifted south and was contained between SKS Tanaro and the Detached mole. It is estimated that between two and four litres of Luboil made its way into the sea, and swift action by the crew and pollution response teams meant that it had limited impact on the environment.