The seaport police are investigating how the Bow Jubail oil tanker could have hit a dock in the Third Petroleumhaven in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. Central to the research are the conversations between the captain, the pilot and the tugboat of Kotug Smit.
The Bow Jubail was mooring at the jetty at LBC. A pilot was on board to advise. That is a guide that guides ships in and out of the port. Kotug Smit's tug was behind the ship, owned by the Norwegian shipping company Odfjell Tankers.
Because of the unknown cause the ship collapsed on the jetty around 13:40 and sprayed fuel oil from the storage bunkers of the Bow Jubail. The tanker had a full tank and no cargo on board.
The rowers of the KRVE still have the tanker moored at the jetty. "Otherwise the ship would have run out, which is the last thing you can use in this case, our priority is safety," says Erik de Neef (KRVE). "The boys were completely under the gush."
According to a spokesperson for the Pilotage Service, the seaport police have already requested the voice recorder from the Bow Jubail to listen to the conversations between the pilot, captain and tugboat captain. It may be clear what the cause of the collision was.
The The Port of Rotterdam Authority has now held Odfjell Tankers liable as the owner of the ship. This is a common civil procedure in case of incidents so that the investigation gets under way. According to a spokesperson, it says nothing about the debt question.
The Norwegian shipping company has also put together a research team to determine the cause. Odfjell regrets that the collision happened and that as a result so many animals have to suffer.
Sleeper Kotug Smit regrets that the accident causes damage and pollution to the environment and animals. According to a spokesperson, the company cooperates fully with the investigation. Kotug Smit has also started an internal investigation into the cause.
The last time that the port of Rotterdam had to deal with a huge oil slick was in 2007. Then the Claudel broke loose in a storm . That ship collapsed on an MOT pipeline.