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BREAKING: Cargo ship spills hundreds of gallons of oil

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5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin described the oil spill, during a press conference at the port department this evening, as a tier one spill, which she said represents the least threatening type of spill on a scale of 1-3.

According to Ms. Hanna-Martin, the spill occurred as a result of a breach in the hull of a cargo vessel that had departed the Freeport Container Port on its way to Florida.

She added that the crew immediately took steps to contain the leak - described as "slow" - and repair the damaged part of the vessel.

She said a full report on the incident will be available in 72 hours.

More on this story in tomorrow's Tribune.


4:00 p.m. - A MAJOR oil spill has occurred three miles off of Grand Bahama, The Tribune can confirm.

Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said her and her team have conducted a flyover of the site and will be updating the media at 4:40 p.m. on their findings.

It is reported that an oil tanker may have spilled thousands of gallons of oil.

The Tribune will update you on the government's findings.

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Debra56 9 years, 10 months ago

Which side of Grand Bahama, North / South?

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TalRussell 9 years, 10 months ago

Common sense is often a hard sell, particularly by those who think it's OK to ignore the dangerous oil slick risks to Bahamland's tourism, with messing around with drilling for oil.

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Avellanas 9 years, 10 months ago

I am not sure if I need to reply to Debra 56, but just in case, SOUTH; secondly, what a disaster in all the sense of the word. Tourism? How about the marine life? and shall we have a sticky/mud bath from now on and until when?

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242 9 years, 10 months ago

Just a preview of what could happen once The RT. Hon Perry Christie sign the papers to start drilling for oil.

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Concerned 9 years, 10 months ago

I wonder under which classification of a mess would the NIB mess and the PLP government fall under. Looking more like a Tier 3 spill, everyday, as it has gotten completely out of hand and requires external help. God help us all.

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dacy 9 years, 10 months ago

7 MONTHS...YA THINK THEY TRYING TO BEAT 2002 - 2007 RECORD FOR WULTLESSNESS?!

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