Monday, 15 April 2019


MSC is temporarily omitting calls at Sines Container Terminal in Portugal for certain services and is finding alternative arrangements until normal operations resume, hopefully in the coming days. MSC SANDRA, operating on the Turkey-Canada Service, called at Sines on 4 April and remains berthed there following an incident involving a spill of fuel oil during bunkering operations.
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company informs customers that decisions were made for the following vessels to omit calls at Sines:
  • MSC LUCIANA, voyage IS911R, Himalaya Express service
  • MSC CANDICE, voyage NZ912A, NWC to South Africa service
  • MAJESTIC MAERSK, voyage 910W, Silk service
  • MSC RITA, voyage ME912W, MEDUSEC service
  • MSC SAO PAULO, voyage NC913R, Aegean service
  • MSC VITTORIA, voyage MF911E, MEDGULF service
  • MSC ELA, voyage CK914R, Turkey-Canada service
Contingency arrangements have been put in place to ensure cargo on these vessel reaches its destination as soon as possible. These arrangements include alternative port calls and alternative loading and discharge operations.
Additional vessels might also have to omit the Sines call in the next few days, and we will keep you updated accordingly.
MSC expects to resume normal service calling at Sines again in the coming days.
The omissions follow an incident in Sines harbour, which took place late on 4 April, while MSC SANDRA was refueling.
The incident was categorized as a local port matter for small spills with little or no pollution. It was quickly reported to relevant authorities and responders have been using a variety of methods to clean the hull of the ship and waters immediately around the ship in order to minimize any environmental impact.
MSC SANDRA will remain berthed in Sines until the operation is completed. MSC has organized an extra vessel, MV DEMETER, to take cargo which was onboard MSC SANDRA around the time of the incident from Sines to Liverpool.
We very much regret any inconvenience this may cause you. Please rest assured that we will endeavour to ensure this operation is completed as quickly as possible.
Please contact your local MSC representative with any specific questions.

Some 3 tons of fuel leaked overboard during bunkering operation in Sines, Portugal, in the morning Apr 5, when fuel was pumped from bunker tanker BAHIA TRES to container ship MSC SANDRA, at Terminal XXI. Anti pollution operation was activated, and reportedly, oil spill was contained in a short time, preventing its’ spreading in harbor basin. Details of accident unknown, so far.

Container ship MSC SANDRA, IMO 9203954, dwt 61468, capacity 4340 TEU, built 2000, flag Panama, manager MSC.
Product tanker BAHIA TRES, IMO 9428671, dwt 8920, built 2007, flag Spain, manager NAVIERA MURUETA SA.
Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.

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