They Crash Boats in the Mediterranean, Race Against Time to Clean the Fuel of the Waters

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A 20-kilometre oil slick is observed from space in the north of the French island of Corsica.

It corresponds to some 600 tons of fuel that spilled into the sea on October 7 due to the collision of two ships.

The accident occurred at 7:30 in the morning when the Ulysses ship with the Tunisian flag struck the ship CLS Virginia, of Cyprus, which was anchored about 28 kilometres from the French island. The latter dispersed the fuel, the Prefectura Marítima informed through several messages on Twitter.

France and Italy are trying to pump the loss with urgency. Both countries have a pact with Monaco to deal with these accidents together, Rai TV reported.

“There is always a concern when there is a fuel spill, it is a mixture of heavy fuel that can result in harmful contamination if it reaches the coast,” said French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy, according to the Prefecture.

“That is why we have mobilized all the means of France to pump this fuel into the sea before it disperses and before it reaches the coast. But we are far from that, it is moving away from the coastline, the weather is quite good, so we can carry out the pumping operations and stop the pollution, “Rugy clarified.

The fuel was dispersed in a strip that has been lengthening until reaching the new dimensions of 20 kilometres long and 300 meters wide.

The alarm reached the European Commission, and the organization announced that it is monitoring the cleaning tasks.

The place is a busy area, which is also close to the International Cetacean Sanctuary signed in an agreement “The sanctuary is the largest marine protected area in the Mediterranean,” says WWF.

“It is located between the French Riviera, Monaco, the Ligurian coast in Italy and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia.”

They Crash Boats in the Mediterranean, Race Against Time to Clean the Fuel of the Waters

This sanctuary is the most important feeding area for many large and small cetaceans. It is home to 13 different species of cetaceans, among which seven can be observed throughout the year: the black pilot whale, the common rocual, the sperm whale, the common dolphin, the white and blue dolphin, the tursio, and the dolphin. risso

“In this area, the number of whales and dolphins is between two to four times higher than in the rest of the Mediterranean Sea,” says WWF.

A consortium specialized in providing weather forecasts is working with the Harbor Authority of Livorno to report forecasts for the next few days, Rai said. For now, the wind has behaved in favour of the island. when sending pollution away from the coast.

 

 

Source: La Gran Epoca