Odfjell working with partners on clean-up operations in Rotterdam

27 June 2018

Odfjell is very sorry for this incident and the serious consequences it has had on the local community, port operations and marine wildlife, and is fully committed to supporting the clean-up operations. We are very grateful to the fast and professional operations conducted by the Dutch authorities, Port of Rotterdam, RWS and other valuable contributors.

“We sincerely regret this incident. Our key focus continues to be on limiting the impact on the environment. We work closely with Dutch authorities and our partners in the area, and truly appreciate the rapid and professional handling that the Port Authority, RWS, local units and our crew have shown to mitigate the consequences. It is still too early to speculate on the root cause of the accident, but we cooperate with authorities on establishing that as well.” Kristian Mørch, CEO

Odfjell’s Emergency Response Team was immediately mobilized and is still in operation at the headquarters to secure that all relevant issues are addressed. This includes continued cooperation with the local authorities, and support to our customers and our crew.

The contact between the jetty and Bow Jubail caused a puncture to the hull. The course of events are subject to investigation, including the role of the Captain, Pilot, tug and why the hull was punctured by a foreign object in the waterfront. As part of Odfjell’s full cooperation with the external authorities to establish the relevant facts, we have constituted an Incident Investigation Team which in due time will determine the root cause. This team also includes independent external expertise. At of 17:30 local time Tuesday June 27, Bow Jubail is safely berthed at yard for repairs.


Odfjell’s vessel "Bow Jubail". Image by Odfjell

Update: Bow Jubail incident in Rotterdam

25 June 2018

Saturday, June 23: On her way to the assigned berth for loading, the Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull.

This caused a release of about 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the fuel tank inside. Mitigating actions were immediately taken to limit the spill, both by the vessel’s crew and by resources from shore. The leakage was stopped, and there is no risk of further spills. The incident happened on June 23rd at approximately 13:40 local time.

When the incident was reported, Odfjell immediately mobilized its Emergency Response Team at the headquarters in Bergen to support internal and external resources in bringing the situation under control. The vessel is insured by the P&I club GARD who has also mobilized resources.

Odfjell regrets the unfortunate incident and takes this matter very seriously. Together with GARD, Odfjell cooperates closely with Dutch Authorities to ensure that necessary resources are available in taking the required actions and mitigate consequences of the oil spill.

We have established an Incident Investigation Team to identify the root courses. The team will also cooperate with the Authorities to establish relevant facts.

There are no personnel injuries. The vessel did not carry any cargo, and is safely moored at the Botlek terminal.

Bow Jubail has a total personnel of 29, of which 27 Filipinos and two Scandinavians. The vessel is a 37,499 dwt chemical tanker, managed by Odfjell Management AS and registered in Norway. For further vessel details, see here.


Bow Jubail incident in Rotterdam

23 June 2018

On the way to the assigned berth for loading, Odfjell’s vessel Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull.

This caused about 220 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) to leak from the adjacent fuel tank. Mitigating actions were immediately taken to limit the spill, both by the vessel’s crew and by resources from shore. The leakage has now stopped, and there is no risk of further spills. The incident happened on Saturday June 23rd at approximately 13:40 local time at Botlek terminal, Rotterdam.

There are no reported personnel injuries, and the vessel did not carry any cargo. Our main task at this point is to mobilize the resources and actions needed. We are working closely with relevant authorities including port authorities, tugs, police and fire brigade until the situation is fully clarified and accounted for. The vessel is safely moored at the Botlek terminal.

Bow Jubail has a total personnel of 29, of which 27 Filipinos and two Scandinavians. The vessel is a 37,499 dwt chemical tanker, managed by Odfjell Management AS and registered in Norway. For further vessel details, see here.

For media inquiries, please contact: media@odfjell.com or tel: +47 91 81 01 00 (Norway).

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