Delta Tankers Ltd, the manager of tanker Bouboulina (IMO 9298753), has said that a full examination of material from cameras and sensors on the vessel had revealed no evidence of the tanker “having stopped, conducted any kind of ship-to-ship operation, leaked, slowed down or veered off course, on its passage from Venezuela to Melaka, Malaysia.”
Brazil’s solicitor general had said the country would seek damages in the case, as both tourism and local fishing communities in the poorer northeast region had been impacted by oil slicks covering more than 2,000km of the Brazilian coastline.
Brazilian prosecutors said that there was strong evidence that the company, the captain and the vessel’s crew failed to communicate with authorities about the oil spill/release in the Atlantic Ocean.
In a statement sent to Reuters, Delta Tankers said that the Bouboulina had sailed from Venezuela in laden condition on July 19th, heading directly for Melaka, Malaysia, where the tanker discharged its entire cargo, without any shortage.
Brazilian authorities on Friday claimed that a Greek-flagged ship carrying Venezuelan crude was the source of the crude oil tarring Brazil’s coastline over the past two months.
The Brazilian police had said that oceanographic and geolocation data showed that the Greek ship was the only one navigating near the origin of the spill between July 28th and 29th. The Brazilians said the tanker appeared to have spilled the crude about 700 km (420 miles) off Brazil’s coast on those dates.
The Brazilian Navy said on Saturday that oil was spotted and was being removed by cleanup teams on Santa Bárbara island, which forms part of the Abrolhos archipelago, a unique place in the Atlantic for its biodiversity.
Delta Tankers said that material obtained from an analysis of its security equipment would be shared with Brazilian authorities when they contacted the company regarding the investigation. They repeated that no such contact had yet been made.
2006-built, Greece-flagged, 84,844 gt Bouboulina is owned by Bouboulina Ene care of manager Delta Tankers Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Bouboulina Special Maritime Enterprise.