The container ship Pollux spilled 100 liters of hydraulic oil at the container port of Gavle, Sweden. The accident happened after the hydraulic hose broke and some quantity of oil leaked on board of the vessel. The crew stopped the oil transfer, but sufficient quantity leaked in the water area near the pier. The emergency service and hazmat teams were alerted for the leak and at the scene arrived inspectors to assess the extent of the spill. It was estimated that around 100 liters of hydraulic oil spilled into the water area. The teams with water cleansing equipment were sent at the scene of the water pollution and started treating the oily water. There was ice in the basin and local authorities were not able to put oil booms, which allowed the oily water to spread to the other berths.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The container ship Pollux was detained during for special survey and inspection. The port staff continued to remove the oil, while the emergency services have left the site in the morning.
The container ship Pollux (IMO: 9429194) has overall length of 158.00 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 14,669 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,983 GRT. The container ship was built in 2009 by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding in China. The owner and operator of the vessel is German company Winter Reederei.