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Bona Fulmar

Bona Fulmar
Accident date
Accident area
off Dunkirk
Spill area
Cause of spill
Quantity transported
60, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
petrol ( U.S. gasoline)
Quantity spilled
7, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
240.00 m

On 18 January 1997, the Bahamian tanker the Bona Fulmar was sailing in thick fog in the North Sea, loaded with 60,000 tonnes of petrol, when she collided with the Mexican chemical tanker the Teoalt off Dunkirk. 7,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol spilled from a ruptured tank of the Bona Fulmar. Fortunately the Teoalt was not seriously damaged and was able to proceed to Rotterdam.

Vessels sailing in the area were warned of the potential risk of fire and explosion. Most of the petrol evaporated and dispersed quickly. However, two of the divers inspecting and carrying out emergency repairs were affected by the vapours. The Bona Fulmar was eventually towed to Brest.

Last update: 08/02/2007

External links

MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency), Information Relating to Pollution Risks in the UK .

 IMO (International Maritime Organization), Report on incidents involving HNS

 WWF, Recent Shipping Incidents in UK and Surrounding waters