Brazil fines two ships involved in spillage of crude

Aug 05, 2000 02:00 AM

The Brazilian Environment and Renewable Natural Resources Institute (Ibama) has fined with $ 277, 000 each of the two ships involved in a spillage of crude in the south of Brazil. Ibama decided to fine because it was proven that human failure caused the accident near the La Paz island in the north of the Santa Catarina state, said an institute spokesman.
The 345-litre oil spillage occurred when a cargo ship from Chipre was being refuelled in the high seas by a boat chartered by Petrobras. Petrobras technicians immediately implemented an operation to reduce the damage and deployed contention booms.

The Sao Francisco do Sul port authority said that the fuel spilled was recovered in time and did not contaminate the beaches of the region. Each of the two countries will pay $ 277,000. Ibama technicians in Santa Catarina will intensify the supervision of fuel resupplying in the high seas to prevent other accidents.
Brazilian authorities are making efforts to eliminate pollution. On July 17, the Brazilian government fined the state oil company Petrobras with $ 28 mm. In the worst oil spill in a quarter century, more than 4 mm litres of crude oil spewed from a burst pipeline on July 16 at the Getulio Vargas refinery in Araucaria, some 700 km south-west of Rio de Janeiro. Most of it spilled into a tributary of the Iguacu River, which runs through the state to the world-famous Iguacu Falls, near Brazil's border with Argentina and Paraguay.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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