27 June 2018
Over the weekend of 23 and 24 June, a serious water pollution incident occurred in the 3rd Petroleumhaven in Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rijkswaterstaat are coordinating the clean-up operations. The Port Authority will be issuing regular updates regarding the progress of these clean-up operations.
The current situation on Tuesday, 26 June, 10.00 am:
The Port of Rotterdam Authoritys initial priority is the clean-up of the port water and contaminated vessels. This is taking priority to enable the vessels to enter and leave the ports and for the logistics chain to resume.
Approximately 150 tonnes of the 200 tonnes of spilled oil had been cleared by Tuesday morning.
It is expected that the above-mentioned clean-up operations will continue for several days. This work is being carried out by a specialist company, operating with 6 special oil spill response vessels.
A washing facility has been operational in Geulhaven since Sunday evening (photo) to clean the over 50 inland vessels, with some 8 vessels being cleaned so far. The washing facility capacity for inland vessels was doubled in Geulhaven on Monday afternoon to enable two vessels to be cleaned simultaneously.
A washing facility for sea-going vessels opened on Monday afternoon near buoy 66 in the Botlek area. The first sea-going vessel has now been cleaned and has continued on its voyage. A further 14 contaminated sea-going vessels still need to be cleaned.
After cleaning the port water and the vessels, a start will be made to clean up the contaminated port infrastructure, including jetties, slopes, banks and embankments. This is expected to take at least several weeks.
The 3rd Petroleumhaven has now been partially released by the Harbour Master to enable a partial resumption of shipping. The west section and entrance to the 3rd Petroleumhaven have been reopened. The south section of the 3rd Petroleumhaven and the Geulhaven are still closed.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is doing everything it can to release (sections of) the closed areas as quickly as possible.
The Harbour Master is at the scene to regulate inbound and outbound shipping traffic.
To prevent the spread of the oil, the south section of the 3rd Petroleumhaven is still enclosed by oil booms.
All oil booms have now been removed on the north side of the river. The ports of Maassluis, Vlaardingen and Schiedam have now been reopened.
The Harbour Coordination Center (HCC) is providing companies, shipping companies, shipping agents and skippers with regular updates on the status of operations.
Rijkswaterstaat will be opening a site close to Maassluis today to receive and clean oil-soaked birds. The site is close to the Maeslantkering on the north side of the river.
Port of Rotterdam Authority press release