(11:30 a.m. EDT) -- Spirit of Adventure confirms today that its 9,570-ton, 352-passenger Spirit of Adventure spilled oil in Norway's Geiranger Fjord, but says that the amount was smaller than initially reported and has been cleaned up.
The incident occurred when crewmembers were moving oil from one two-foot-by-two-foot tank to another; a tank overfilled, causing oil to spill over. Cruise line spokesman Carl Catterall tells us that it is unclear where rumours of equipment malfunction in the engine room, as reported by The Norway Post, originated.
"This was a small amount of oil which was discovered within 20 seconds," Catterall says. "[Oil containment] booms were quickly put into place around the stern of the ship to absorb the oil." Spirit of Adventure utilizes a lighter, cleaner-burning fuel in Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Catterall says that police did board the ship following the spill to investigate the incident, per maritime regulation. Spirit of Adventure left the fjord a little over two hours later than scheduled after receiving permission from the local commander.
There is no impact on the current itinerary.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Cruise Ship Oil Spill in Norway Cleaned Up
July 13, 2009