Container ship blamed for oil spill in Aruba

By: | Associated Press
Published: December 18, 2012
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ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) Aruba is cleaning up an oil spill blamed on a container ship that frequently visits the Dutch Caribbean island.

Ports Director Alfonso Boekhoudt says the spill occurred early Tuesday when crews tried to empty the ship's ballast tank. He says it was filled with oil instead of water and says authorities don't know how much oil was spilled.

He says two cruise ships and other boats were affected by the spill, but crews stopped the oil from reaching beaches.

Boekhoudt said the ship is barred from leaving Aruba until the captain signs a culpability declaration for insurance purposes. He said the Southern Bay container ship owned by Belgium-based Seatrade flies under a Monrovian flag and visits Aruba every five weeks.

Seatrade did not immediately return a message asking for comment.