UPDATE: Major Incident (MAJAX) still in place in Gibraltar following bulk carrier collision

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Gibraltar declares major incident days after bulk carrier collision. Image: @GibraltarGov

AFTER declaring a major incident earlier on Wednesday, August 31, the Captain of the Port John Ghio has told the Gibraltar Contingency Council that indications are that it is probable that the vessel has not broken apart as such, but has crumpled, leading to “a substance leak from the vessel.”

UPDATE 11.58 pm (August 31) – In its final update of the day, the Gibraltar Contingency Council, who earlier declared a Major Incident (MAJAX) following a break in the hull of the bulk carrier OS35 which collided with another boat on Monday, August 29, convened again at No 6 Convent Place on Wednesday, August 31.

The council said: “The first concern is the offloading of the amount low sulphur heavy fuel oil onboard as soon as possible, followed by diesel and then lube oil. The fuel will now be dealt with as waste and will likely be sent for recycling.”

“Current evidence suggests that the fuel onboard is well contained and it is hoped that offloading can begin on the morning of Thursday, September 1.”

The council offered reassurance to the public.

“The public should be reassured that there has been no way to remove the fuels in question from the vessel any sooner in a manner that was not a risk to the environment.

“If such an option had been available with any resources at hand in the area, it would have been taken.

“The ongoing plans to remove the oil are the best possible plans for removal of the fuels in question in a manner that is clean and will not risk lasting environmental damage to Catalan Bay, our wider coast or our neighbour’s coasts.”

It added: “The boom in place on the port side of the vessel’s hull is being separated from the hull to avoid any potential oil seeping outside.

“A further inflatable boom will be deployed tonight in J formation to collate any oil that may seep overnight.

“At least three further booms will be ready to be deployed in J formations by tomorrow. A foam-filled boom will be placed at Catalan Bay as a tertiary precautionary measure to protect the beach.”

According to the council, “additional oil spill equipment has been procured from the UK and is expected to arrive in Gibraltar on Sunday, September 4.”

It added: “The Department of Environment has staff qualified in oil spill response on standby to manage any response.

“Environmental sensibility mapping is underway to determine the most placements for preventive booms along Gibraltar’s coastline and to protect both Gibraltar’s beaches and those in neighbouring Spain.”

The council noted that the salvage of the hull of the OS 35 is now likely to require a longer-term plan.

“The timeframe for this is now likely extended past the previous expectation of a few weeks,” it said.

“The floating of the vessel by installing a cofferdam is likely no longer a viable option for its salvage. These issues will, however, not be clarified until a dive team is able to inspect the damage in the morning.”

The Gibraltar Contingency Council said that overnight “a blue-light presence will be in place on the water to provide security overnight” then at 7 am the salvage master and P&I will board the vessel.

It added: “A dive team will conduct an external survey and determine the extent of any break. It is hoped that it will be possible to begin to pump out fuel from the vessel.”

Following the announcement of the major incident, the council revealed that UK’s Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, had been in contact with Gibraltar’s Chief Minister to offer UK support for the operations if necessary.

“The Chief Minister has expressed the gratitude of the People of Gibraltar to Ms Truss who has taken time out from the last throes of the Conservative leadership election to be in contact with the Chief Minister.”

OS 35 – 22:30 UPDATE
The Gibraltar Contingency Council convened again tonight at No 6 Convent Place.
Read the full update here: https://t.co/uqnH0GUlVr pic.twitter.com/qK6ElxEECX

— HM Govt of Gibraltar (@GibraltarGov) August 31, 2022

ORIGINAL 9.39 pm (August 31) – Following the collision between bulk Carrier OS 35 with another ship on the evening of Monday, August 29, the government of Gibraltar has declared a major incident.

The Gibraltar Contingency Council, chaired by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, and the Governor, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, declared a Major Incident (MAJAX) on Wednesday, August 31, following a break in the hull of the bulk carrier OS35.

“Given the latest development affecting the vessel and the fact that it remains loaded with fuel, on the advice of the Captain of the Port and the other members of the GCC, a Major Incident (MAJAX) has now been declared under the provisions of the Civil Contingencies Act,” the council said.

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I added: “It is important to note that Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and its partner agencies have been working towards this posture throughout.

“MAJAX has now been officially declared to allow for all available resources to be directed to dealing with this emergency.”

As noted, MAJAX was declared due to “a substance leak from the vessel as a result of the movement arising from its break.”

“Initial investigations indicate that this is lube oil. This lube oil is currently contained within the primary boom and all efforts will be made to remove it from the sea using a skimmer and sludge barge before it is able to leak from within the boom,” the council said.

It added: “The salvage master has confirmed to the Captain of the Port that all fuel valves were isolated before the break occurred.

“The priority of the Captain of the Port and of the Government of Gibraltar is to mitigate and minimise any environmental impact.”

Further inspections and updates are expected throughout the night on Wednesday, August 31.

Read the full press release here: https://t.co/C3hOsNpLwV
Images show the evacuation of crew. All have been disembarked safely. pic.twitter.com/iHNMpZnJlC

— HM Govt of Gibraltar (@GibraltarGov) August 31, 2022

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How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?

Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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