On February 3rd, 2024, an unknown oil barge capsized about 150 meters off shore of Trinidad and Tobago. It was not discovered until 4 days later. The Trinidad and Tobago prime minister declared a state of emergency on February 11th as the oil leaking from the capsized vessel had already affected nearly 10 miles of coastline. By February 14th, the oil spill had spread over 100 km away. Later on February 27th, the oil spill had spread as far west as the Caribbean island of Bonaire, posing a threat to its mangrove, fish, and coral ecosystems.

This incident underscores the critical importance of early detection and rapid response mechanisms in mitigating the devastating impact of oil spills on marine ecosystems and coastal communities.