Environmental agency fines Brazil Transpetro for fuel leak

08 April 2013 21:14  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Sao Paulo state environmental protection agency CETESB has fined Brazil oil transport company Transpetro Brazilian reais (R) 10m ($5m, €3.85m) for a fuel spill that began on Friday, the agency said on Monday.

According to the CETESB, 11 beaches were affected in the cities of Sao Sebastiao and Caraguatatuba on the north coast of Sao Paulo state.

The CETESB said the fuel leak occurred during a supply operation of a ship at a Transpetro terminal.

Transpetro is a subsidiary of state-run oil company Petrobras.

The CETESB described the marine fuel that was spilled as a "dense oil of the kind MF 380 (Marine Fuel 380), [which is] used as fuel for ships".

Transpetro said on Monday that it has completed cleaning up the marine fuel.

In a statement, the company said it continues to have teams working in several places to monitor and avoid the ocean tide bringing residues to other beaches.

Transpetro along with the CETESB had mobilized about 300 people, 27 vessels and 2 Egmopol barges, which are used to recover spills.

($1 = €0.77; $1 = R1.98)

By: Leo Siqueira
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