Off Gibraltar, the British tanker "Grey Hunter" was still aground on Wednesday (7 March), three days after hitting a reed six hundred metre from the shore.
Off Gibraltar, the British tanker "Grey Hunter" was still aground on Wednesday (7 March), three days after hitting a reed six hundred metre from the shore. Experts were still examining her hull for damage, but split oil had already polluted nearby beaches.
SYNOPSIS: The tanker was on its way from Libya with a cargo of 150,000 tons of light crude oil when it ran aground off Europe Point. It was calling at Gibraltar to collect spare parts. So far all attempts to refloat the 67,000 ton ship have failed. Another tanker is standing by to offload the cargo, if the spillage becomes more serious.
Salvage experts think the flow from her ruptured tanks has been stopped. But beaches around the Rock have been hit by waves of oil. Dispersant is being sprayed on the slick and on the beaches. Spanish authorities have ordered a special patrol to watch beaches on the Mediterranean coast to report any threat to holiday resorts. Observers say if the current weather conditions continue, any oil that escapes the spraying operation should be carried well clear of the coast.