Peruvian prosecutors say they have sought the extradition of the Italian captain of a ship as part of their investigation into the spill of thousands of barrels of oil off the coast of Peru
Peru’s prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Mare Doricum captain Giacomo Pisani left the country on March 9. His departure came the day after a hearing during which he was forbidden to leave Peruvian territory, according to the authorities.
Peru said 11,900 barrels were spilled on January 15 outside a Repsol refinery and the spill was its “worst environmental disaster”.
The spill in the Pacific occurred during an unloading of oil from the Italian vessel, owned by Fratelli d’Amico Armatori SpA, which was destined for the refinery.
Repsol, a Spanish company, said huge waves created by a volcanic eruption in Tonga were the cause of the spill and blamed the oil tanker Mare Doricum. The owners of the tanker dispute the allegation.
Pisani and local Repsol director Jaime Fernández-Cuesta are among several people being investigated for the alleged crime of environmental pollution.