Oil spill off Texel cleaned by TSHD

Oil spill recovery North Sea near Texel with TSHD Hein. Ccredit Rijkswaterstaat

On 27 March 2019, an oil spill was detected on the North Sea some 11 km west of the island of Texel, The Netherlands.

The Dutch organisations Rijkswaterstaat and Kustwacht (coast guard) came immediately into action. To clean the oil spill, estimated at about 4 to 17 m3, the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Hein of the Dutch dredging company Van der Kamp was mobilised.

Van der Kamp is one of the oil spill response contractors located in The Netherlands and has several of its dredgers, including the Hein, equipped with an oil recovery installation.

The clean-up operation was reported to be finished on 28 March, but Rijkswaterstaat continued to monitor the beaches of Texel for any oil residue.