Concludes the extraction of fuel from the ship aground in Gibraltar



The tasks of extracting the 500 tons of fuel and lubricant that the ship OS 35 carried, which last Monday collided with a methane tanker and remains on the east side of Gibraltar, have successfully concluded this afternoon. With this, the greatest risk after the collision that occurred last Monday, a massive spill, has been cleared this Friday. However, a stain of between 50 and 75 meters has reached the Poniente de La Línea de La Concepción beach (Cádiz) today, as a result of the spill that occurred yesterday from the ship and whose magnitude has not yet been quantified.

The Ministry of Health and Consumption of Andalusia has declared the prohibition of bathing on this beach, on whose shore “dirt composed of oily residues (fuels, lubricating oils and the presence of contamination from chemical substances) has been found”. along with other debris carried by the tideFor this reason, it has cordoned off the affected area, about 150 meters, in which a cleaning device from the town hall has worked.

“What has entered is a worrying spill, but it is not a tragedy”, said the mayor of La Línea, Juan Franco, who explained that the devices have already removed 4,000 kilos of oil spilled into the sea, “half of the spill”. Gibraltar has informed this afternoon that the extraction of the fuel that the “OS 35” carried in its tanks (215 tons of heavy fuel oil, 250 tons of diesel and 27 tons of lubricating oil) has been successfully completed.

About five tons of diesel remain on the ship in the engine room tank to allow the operation of the ship’s machinery. While, The operation tries to face the cleaning tasks of the spill that yesterday fell into the sea from the shipthrough some vents in the tanks in which the fuel is stored, a leak that “has been considerably reduced since yesterday,” according to Gibraltar.

“Approximately 12 tons of a mixture of fuel and water” have been removed. The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) plans to change tomorrow the current barrier attached to “OS 35” for another in the shape of a diamond, which will provide greater resistance. “Work is being done thoroughly to clean up the waste, especially on the West side”adds the executive statement.

cleaning equipment

Six members of the company Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), in charge of the decontamination action, have inspected the coast of the Rock, where cleaning teams have also been deployed to start cleaning the oil that has reached the coast. Gibraltar has protected, among other spaces, the water intakes of its desalination plants with additional absorbent barriers.

The Department of the Environment has received information about a small number of birds covered in oil, as part of the surveillance it carries out to verify the damage caused by the accident.

While the impact is being dealt with, the investigation into the incident continues. The captain of the bulk carrier OS 35, arrested yesterday, was released on bail this Friday and prohibited from leaving the British colonyas sources close to the investigation have indicated to EFE.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, today demanded that a protocol be established to act in cases such as OS35: “Above disputes over territoriality and water, The most important thing is that we have an established protocol in case an incident happens in the future of this nature with even more serious consequences”, he said.

And Greenpeace has drawn attention to what would have happened if the “Adam LNG” methane carrier against which the ship collided had not been empty and had carried “a climate bomb on board”, the 162,000 m3 of liquefied gas (mostly methane gas) What do you usually wear? “discharged into the atmosphere in the event of an accident, they would be an ‘invisible tar'”, equivalent to the emissions of seven million cars in a year”.

The environmental organization has criticized today that the Strait of Gibraltar, “an area that has so many natural spaces nearby”, is exposed “daily” to the “transport of dangerous goods” and it is “basically low cost maritime gasoline”, with which the accident of the ship “OS 35” is not “an isolated case”.

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