Investigators Charge Greek Flagged Tanker for the Northeast Brazil 2019 Oil Spill

The last ship in the crosshairs was the Greek flagged ship BOUBOULINA, belonging to Delta tankers ltd. The accusation was made in November 2019. At the time, Delta tankers ltd. had denied any involvement, stating that there was no proof of the vessel ever having stopped, carried an STS (ship to ship) operation, or even slowed down en route while delivering oil.

This oil spill has been particularly pernicious. It is the worst oil spill in Brazilian history and the worst environmental disaster ever on any tropical coast. The oil is floating below the ocean's surface due to its particular density, making this oil spill particularly difficult to map and predict and rendering the floating oil barriers almost useless. The impact will take decades to mitigate and has already started degrading the fishing grounds, mangroves, and corals for thousands of miles. Harmful levels of contact to humans can happen simply from walking on a beach where there is oil in the ocean, touching oil residue, or inhaling vapors. As much as possible, the cleanup was finished by March 2020, with the Brazilian government reporting having cleaned up 4500 tonnes of oil residue in more than 1000 locations over 11 Brazilian coastal states.

FleetMon Supports the Development of Environmental Impact Assessment on the Brazilian Coast:

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