The container ship MSC Patricia was accused for water pollution in port of Sines, Portugal. More than five tons of heavy fuel spilled into the water during bunkering operation of the boxship, which was docked at Terminal XXI. The container carrier MSC Patricia was bunkering fuel from the supply vessel Baia 3, when one of the hose damages and started leaking. The crew of the supply ship stopped pump, but sufficient quantity of oil leaked into the water. The incident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched six rescue boats with cleansing equipment. The oil spot was surrounded by oil booms and spreading of the oil film was stopped. Currently the port authorities and environment teams are working to clean the water and to collect the spilled oil with absorbents.
The investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the water pollution is under way. The container ship MSC Patricia is detained for inspection and survey. The authorities and inspectors will take witness evidences from the seamen on both vessels. The guilty party might be fined with up to 2.5 million EUR.
The container ship MSC Patricia (IMO: 9150200) has overall length of 260.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.00 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 48,307 DWT, the gross tonnage is 40,465 GRT and the maximum capacity is 3,961 TEU. The container ship was built in 1997 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea.