The Spanish Marine authorities launched a cleaning operation, engaging a helicopter, a surveillance aircraft and anti-pollution vessels. The quantity of the spilt fuel was yet unknown.
The Nele Maersk is 27.733-GT containership sailing under Denmark's flag. The vessel is built in the Taiwanese CSBC KAOHSIUNG shipbuilding yard in 2000. The boxship is owned and operated by Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.