Salvage teams start cleaning up leaking tanker

30th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2007, CADIZ — Salvage teams start cleaning up leaking shipThe head of the team Alberto Armario said sand and other residues had been cleaned up.

30 January 2007

CADIZ — Salvage teams start cleaning up leaking shipThe head of the team Alberto Armario said sand and other residues had been cleaned up.

The clean-up operation had been delayed until Tuesday because of bad weather in the Bay of Algeciras.

The Panama-based Sierra Nava ran aground on Sunday, spilling oil along four kilometers of the coastline, reaching the Estrecho Natural Park.

Authorities were prevented from knowing the real damage to the coastline because of bad seas in the area.

Port authorities said they thought only one of the ship’s four tanks was leaking, due to the size of the spill, which authorities put at 170 tonnes.

Juan Lopez, director of Greenpeace Spain, said: "We think  three to four kilometres of coast have been contaminated, part of that inside Estrecho Natural Park.

"The situation could have been a lot worse if it had been a large tanker like the ones that are moored in the bay [of Algeciras] daily."

López said this spill should be taken extremely seriously, because only 12 percent of hydrocarbon spills are caused by huge accidents such as the Prestige
oil tanker, which went down off Galicia in 2002.

He added: "Most oil pollution happens silently through routine spills such as this one."

The Prestige spill damaged the coastline of northern Spain and Portugal and western France.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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