The Navy detected two vessels were conducting an irregular fuel transshipment in Uruguayan territorial waters, 55 miles south of Punta del Este. Both were intimidated to abort the maneuver, in compliance with the order.
During the daily checks that the Navy carried out through the Tactical Operations Center Command Fleet, was detected -between the 250 vessels which are at present in uruguayas- waters, the presence of two suspicious attitude .
According to the National Navy, about 55 miles south of Punta del Este, a tanker carrying suspicious maneuvers alongside a Spanish fishing, so the immediate dispatch of an aircraft of Naval Aviation to the site was prepared.
The plane dequeued from Naval Air Base Captain Curbelo in Laguna del Sauce, confirming the presence of the two vessels. According to what was observed, it was a fuel transfer, a move that is not authorized to be done in that area of the Atlantic Ocean.
The crew of Naval Aviation, said the ships were connected to each other through hoses, performing some kind of liquid transfer, so the Navy was put on alert for a possible oil spill.
Minutes later, he was summoned to ships to cease operations order that met the respective captains. Subsequently, an investigation that is in charge of the Prefecture of the Port of Montevideo, to establish responsibility for what happened began.