Samsa ruled that the vessel’s owner be held liable for the spill.
An estimated 400 litres of fuel escaped into the sea during the refuelling. Of this, about 360 litres has since been recovered in a clean-up operation.
“It appears that the oil spill occurred after a fuel tank valve was not properly closed, leading to a vast amount of fuel accidentally spilling out on to the vessel and into the sea.
“At the time, the vessel had been supplied with as much as 1300 metric tons of fuel,” said Bongi Stofile, Samsa’s regional manager.