£20,000 Fine for Bulk Carrier Over Gibraltar Bunker Spill

Gibraltar Port Authority says it has ‘observed with satisfaction’ the successful prosecution of the AM Ghent for an oil spill which occurred in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters in February.

The owners have been fined £20,000 as well as having to put up £1.5mil in a security bond.

Background –

Gibraltar battles to contain oil spill from polluting local waters:

Bulk carrier oil spill reaches western coast of Bay of Gibraltar:

Sea birds affected by oil spill off Gibraltar:

EUROPE: Bunker calls continue to rise at Gibraltar

A total of 496 vessels called for marine fuel at the Port of Gibraltar in April – the highest monthly total since October 2019.

More from Bunkerspot:

13 April – A total of 478 vessels called at the Port of Gibraltar for marine fuel last month – 69 more than the 409 recorded in March 2020.

26 March – Shell has completed its first LNG bunkering in the Mediterranean Port of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar is the Mediterranean's largest bunkering port, providing 4.2m tonnes in 2011, and is now the port's main activity, delivered by barge or at berth. Gibraltar is the largest bunkering port in the Mediterranean and its bunkering companies continue to go from strength to strength bunkering continues to be the main activity within the Port – https://www.gibraltarport.com/bunkering

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Gib is too concerned about global green goals instead of the local ones like bunkering which causes a lot of pollution.

Bunkering operations 24 / 7 days

The Port of Gibraltar is strategically located in the south of Spain, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean shipping lanes. Around 55,000 ships pass through the Strait of Gibraltar each year.

Due to its geographic location, Gibraltar is the largest bunkering port in the Mediterranean and offers a wide range of other ship services. However, ship bunkering is the main activity in the port of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Port Authority
Benefits of bunkering – Gibraltar

Competitive market.
Low costs due to unique tax-free status
Located adjacent to major shipping lanes

Marine fuel

The new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations on marine fuels IMO 2020, effective January 1, 2020, required ships to use fuel with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5%.
Nevertheless, some ships that have installed emission neutralization mechanisms (scrubbers) on their vessels still buy traditional marine fuel 3.5%.
Intercop is at your complete disposition to provide marine fuels of various classifications and standards for your ships. we can always find and offer you solutions and alternatives.

IFO 380 
 IFO 180
LS 380 & LS 180

Brands We Offer

We are ready to supply any type of diesel fuel, bunker oil, marine fuel, fuel oil, gasoline, engine oil, marine lubricants for vessels from global brands. All fuels of top quality that meet the stated requirements of the Certificate and the ISO standard.
Note: To quickly look for an alternative for the brand of your marine fuel of your needs, please, see the convenient table.

Brands: Shell, Castrol Marine, Total Lubmarine, Chevron Marine, Exxon Mobile
Bunker operations

 in port anchorage – by pipe
 at the sea OPL – by bunkering vessel


Bunkering is important to Gibraltar and The Campo.

It is so important, that the powers-that-be ignore the damage, all in the name of financial incentives.

It seems like when sea and ocean big-business activites affect the bottom line, government entities and their politicians easily look the other way, whilst developing campaigns about how individuals should stop using plastic straws, as discussed in Seaspiracy.

It is also understood that environment groups are often controlled through funding by the same groups that control the politician and their legislative practices. These companies put people they can control in these environmental groups – and through livlihoods; instilling beliefs they can still make a difference, as long as they don’t rock the boat; and by allowing them minor concessions – it’s all business as usual.

In terms of Gibraltar and the Campo – whether that be air pollution, oil pollution or border disputes, has anything really changed? Or is it just a show to seemingly look like these concerns are being addressed, whilst they really remain the same?

For instance - take this news report from 12 years ago:

Gibraltar: an ecological time bomb

Apocalypse/Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the Time of the "Dead", that they should be Judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy Servants the Prophets, and to the holy people, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and shouldest DESTROY THEM WHICH DESTROY THE EARTH. – The Signs of The End Times

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