MADRID, June 17 (Reuters) - Spain has detained a tanker ship
for illegally dumping fuel in waters off the Canary Islands and
creating a 55-square km (21 square miles) oil spill, the
Transport Ministry said.
Spanish maritime authorities ordered the Liberia-flagged
Aldan to dock in the southern port of Almeria last Sunday after
the European Union's Maritime Safety Agency detected the spill
through satellite imagery.
Refinitiv shipping data showed the Aldan, which had been
heading eastwards through the Mediterranean to Greece, diverted
to Almeria on Sunday. As of Thursday evening it was still there.
The ship's manager must pay a 600,000 euro ($713,640) fine
to release the vessel, the ministry said, adding the amount was
a record high for Spain.
The Aldan's manager is Greece-based Eurotankers Inc,
according to Refinitiv data. Eurotankers did not respond to a
request for comment.
($1 = 0.8408 euros)
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Nathan Allen. Editing by Jane
Merriman and David Evans)