Norwegian P&I club Gard could be on the hook for a pollution-linked loss after a spill from a chemical tanker in Rotterdam released 217 tons of heavy fuel into the water while exiting the Dutch port.

The Bow Jubail vessel, which is owned and operated by chemical transportation specialists Odfjell, leaked its cargo after the hull was accidentally ruptured following contact with the jetty on Saturday afternoon (23 June).

In a statement Odfjell confirmed its P&I cover was under Gard, which it said had helped it in its bid to mitigate the damage from the incident and was providing assistance to bring the situation under control.

“On her way to the assigned berth for loading, the Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull,” Odfjell said.

“This caused a release of about 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the fuel tank inside. Mitigating actions were immediately taken to limit the spill, both by the vessel’s crew and by resources from shore. The leakage was stopped, and there is no risk of further spills.”

None of the 29 personnel onboard the vessel at the time of the collision were injured and an investigation has been launched to determine the root cause of the incident.

The spill marks the second such sizeable incident to hit the P&I market this year after the Iranian-flagged Sanchi ship went down in the East China Sea in February.

The Iran-flagged vessel sank with over 1 million barrels of crude oil onboard and sources told this publication that the eventual losses from the sinking could reach as high as $100mn.