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Ministry of Transport and Aviation updates general public on status of MV Eugenia oil spill
Dec 10, 2012 - 6:36:47 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Transport wishes to update the general public on the status of the oil spill by the cargo ship, the MV Eugenia that took place off the coast of Grand Bahama on Monday the 3rd December 2012.
Several agencies have conducted multiple aerial assessments of the site of the oil spill and surrounding areas since the spill and to date there is no evidence of environmental contamination at the port of Freeport or surrounding coastlines. The agencies involved are the National Oil Spill Committee, the United States Coast Guard, the International Tanker Owner Federation (ITOPF) and oil spill responders.
The last aerial surveillance involving the Ministry of Transport and Aviation took place on Friday, 7th December 2012.
The agencies Involved in this operation are as follow:
·          Bahamas Maritime Authority
·          Ministry of Transport and Aviation – Bahamas Port Department
·          Department of Environmental Health
·          National Oil Spill Committee
·          Panama Maritime Authority - Panama
·          United States Coast Guard – United States
·          Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
·          Freeport Harbour Company
·          United Kingdom Protection and Indemnity;
·          Bureau VERITAS (Classification Society)
·          Response Corporation- Salvage Contractor
·          Mediterranean Shipping Lines
·          Buena Veritas
·          United Kingdom Protection and Indemnity Club.
·          The International Tanker Owner Federation (ITOPF)
Our continued monitoring of this situation did discover a small amount of tar balls on Coral Beach which was immediately cleaned up. This discovery represents minimal environmental impact thus far and a joint team from the Port Department and the Department of Environmental Health Services remain in place to continue to monitor the area.
As for the damaged vessel, the M/V Eugenia, a double hulled vessel, safely shifted without incident from its present berth at the Freeport Container Port to the Grand Bahama Shipyard where the necessary repairs will be conducted and the berth at the Container Port is presently being prepared for a return full operational service .
As previously stated an active investigation is underway and periodic updates will be provided as circumstances warrant until the completion of this investigation.

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