The Captain of the Port has confirmed that the vessel Gas Venus has been released from detention this afternoon and is therefore expected to depart Gibraltar shortly.
The detention order has been lifted under the authority of the Captain of the Port upon the receipt by the Gibraltar Port Authority of a cash bond to the sum of £1.5 million. This ensures that the costs of all oil spill response and cleanup operations are covered.
The vessel’s departure from Gibraltar will have no effect on the ongoing investigation as all evidence from the Gas Venus has already been collected.
Cleanup operations remain focused on the area of Rosia Bay and continue to progress well.