Product tanker Sunpower detained in Huelva for oil spill
Bitumen spilled from product tanker Sunpower overflowed cargo tank on July 26 in Huelva port, Spain. Some 20 tons leaked on cargo deck, and then leaked overboard from the portside into the water. Port emergency antipollution plan was activated, vessel and leak were fenced by booms, cleaning operation still on. Vessel was detained, because port authorities found the crew to be guilty of failing to maintain required procedures during cargo operation, and causing the spill. Investigation under way, owner was already required to deposit sufficient sum to guarantee cleaning and other costs. Vessel is to be released after money deposit and completion of cleaning operation.