Bulk carrier Toba spilled oil at Santos, Brazil

bulker TobaThe bulk carrier Toba spilled oil at Port of Santos, Brazil. Some dockworkers spotted oil leak into the water and immediately informed the local authorities. At the scene of the accident were dispatched police officers, who started investigation about the responsible for the environment pollution. It was found that docked bulk carrier Toba has traced of oil on her sea side of the hull. The officers boarded the ship and found more evidences that vessel was the source of pollution. The bulk carrier and oil spots were surrounded by oil booms to restrict further expansion of the leak. The local authorities dispatched two boats with cleansing equipment, which should collect the spilled oil.

The quantity of the spilled oil is not yet estimated. The investigation for the root cause is under way, but probably accident happened during fuel transfer on board of the bulk carrier.

The bulk carrier Toba (IMO: 9710543) arrived at Port of Santos from Karaikal, India. The vessel had bunker operations during the previous day, but there was no report about oil spill and water pollution. The cargo ship has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 32.30 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the bulk carrier Toba is 81,800 DWT and the gross tonnage is 44,200 GRT. The ship was built in 2015 by Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in their shipyard in China. The owner and operator of the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel is shipping company Craig China.