Four vessels have been deployed with 40 naval officers, who have focused their efforts on mitigating the environmental impacts of the vessel that had eleven crew on board, carrying about 42,000 freshly harvested fish and a cargo of 66,000 liters of fuel.
During the morning of this Wednesday, October 18, the Captaincy of Port of Chonchi received a call from the captain of the salmon farmer wellboat “Seikongen” – owned by CPT Empresas Marítimas SA and which had started operations in Chile just this year – who reported that the ship was found with a forked in the hull, uncontrollably entering water, in circumstances that were finishing their shipments of salmon from the “Pilpilehue” center of Camanchaca, located in the sector of Ensenada Ahoni, to the south of the channel Yal, in the commune of Chonchi, province of Chiloé, region of The Lakes.
After becoming aware of the emergency, the Navy arranged a speedboat dependent on the Captaincy of Port of Chonchi, with the objective of supporting the rescue work of the eleven crew, which were evacuated in good conditions and supported by the motorboat “Eidsvuaag Atlantic”.
After the rescue operation was completed, the Local Sub-Center for Combating Pollution of Castro, a subsidiary of the Fifth Naval Zone, was activated, which deployed all the elements of containment and recovery due to the existing danger of oil spills. It is that the “Seikongen”, at the time of the incident, was with about 66,000 liters of fuel.
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This was how the General Service Speedboat (LSG) “Chiloé” , the Marine Patrol Boat PM-2700 and the Arcangel type boats 4413 and 4429, along with 40 naval vessels were transferred to the place .
“The first stage of the emergency is already controlled, instructing the representative of the damaged ship to activate its emergency protocols, in order to secure the vessel. As for the causes, circumstances and those responsible for the incident, this is the subject of a summary administrative investigation by the Maritime Prosecutor’s Office of the Maritime Government of Castro, “said the maritime governor, frigate captain Héctor Aravena. place barriers and absorbent cloths against pollution.
Later, it was anticipated that the collapse occurred due to poor loading stowage.
Once the fact was known, the community called for international protocols to be activated in order to minimize as much as possible a possible environmental disaster.
Along the same lines, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Greenpeace expressed its concern “for the severe environmental consequences” that could lead to the collapse of the “Seikongen”.
“Chiloé has already been punished for having faced one of the most serious environmental tragedies ever seen in the country (red tide). We cannot allow another situation like this to punish the island’s seas again. We call on the authorities to act quickly to avoid the serious consequences that could result from the sinking of a vessel in the Chonchi area, “said Greenpeace Oceans Coordinator Estefanía González.