Some 9 thousand liters of diesel fell into the sea on the coast of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, after the fuel tank of a barge was vacated after a breakdown suffered during the dismount that was made of the boat to sell it as scrap, reported today the G1 portal.
According to the report, the accident occurred on the morning of yesterday when the barge was dismantled in a shipyard on the banks of the Estuary Canal, in the Port of Santos, on the coast of Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America.
“We found that during the work, a pipeline with oil was drilled,” said federal environmental agent Ana Angelica Alabarce, head of the emergency center of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), in statements to G1.
According to the report, Ibama activated the emergency plan on the wharf, isolated the area, said the leak was under control and said that in 48 hours the responsible parties should finish removing the residual oil from the barge and the one that reached the sea.
Until the beginning of the afternoon of this Sunday, there was no death of fish and no one was injured in the incident.