Photo: Municipality of Ventanilla
The IOPC Funds have received a number of enquiries following the unfortunate oil pollution incident currently affecting Peru. The organisation has been following news of the incident closely and is very sorry to see the damage caused.
It is reported that the spill occurred during unloading of crude oil from the Italian-flagged Suezmax tanker, the Mare Doricum, during difficult sea conditions as a result of the tsunami off Tonga. The source of the spill is yet to be confirmed. In any event, Peru is not a 1992 Fund Member State and, as such, the 1992 Fund Convention does not apply to this incident. The IOPC Funds are therefore unable to intervene in this case.