NASSAU, Bahamas – Officials say about 3,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the ocean from a cargo ship accident last week in the northern Bahamas.
The Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel is owned by Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co. Its hull was breached somehow off Grand Bahama.
Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett said Thursday crews collected some of the spilled oil but chemical dispersants were not used out of concern for how marine life would be affected.
He says it's "preferable to let nature take its course" and allow waves to break up the fuel. He adds that tides will carry it further into the Atlantic "where there are no land-based resources at risk."
Bahamian authorities say they are notifying the U.S. about the spill as a "matter of duty," not because of any anticipated problems.