Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Rosia Bay oil slick ship detained

The MV California, the Panamanian cargo ship that caused a small oil spill off Rosia Bay last week, was detained by Gibraltar’s maritime authority yesterday after an inspection turned up a number of deficiencies.

During a port state control check at anchorage on the East Side, inspectors found problems with its tanks and its anchor, among other concerns.

Last week, the ship’s Russian captain was fined £500 after accepting responsibility for the oil spill, which he said had not been intentional.

Yuriy Boroday told the Magistrate’s Court that oil had leaked from a crack in the ship’s fuel tanks into its ballast tanks, and subsequently into the sea.

The ship, which was due to sail to Venezuela, will now have to remain in Gibraltar until a decision is made as to where essential repairs will be carried out.

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