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Verdemar Ecologistas en Acción denounces that the oil tanker ORYX TRADER – Oil Products Tanker with the flag of Panama, length / beam 102 / 15m is adrift at the entrance to the Bay of Algeciras.
Verdemar notes that the incident occurred yesterday afternoon when the tanker ORYX TRADER with the IMO: 8910598 is drifting without machines in the mouth of the Bay of Algeciras and is rescued less than a mile from the tower of Torrecarbonera in La Line.
The tanker was helped by the “María Zambrano” tugboats (BS-22) and the Salvamar “Denébola” de Salvamento Marítimo had run aground on the beaches of La Línea.
VERDEMAR Ecologists in Action asks the Port Authority and the Maritime Captaincy for a report on what happened and if there was an accident or spillage in the Alboran Sea.
We want to remember that the area where the incident occurred is in one within the ZEC (Special Conservation Area) Eastern Strait and therefore with important environmental values.
This enclave is characterized, as a whole, by an important ornithological diversity due to its geographical location, since it acts as a place of rest and nesting of migratory birds in their intercontinental trip. Therefore, the area has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) and Special Conservation Zone (ZEC), entering the Natura 2000 Network.
In addition to being a site of community importance: Eastern Strait (ZEC) / Southern Waters of Gibraltar and Zones of special protection for birds (ZEPA). Corresponds to the waters surrounding the Rock of Gibraltar.
But if something highlights the Bay of Algeciras is the presence of cetaceans. Its waters harbor species present throughout the year and species passing through the strait, migratory species.
Throughout the year you can spot common dolphin and striped dolphin; occasionally bottlenose dolphin and rorqual common and sporadic orcas, sperm whale and common river pilot. Within the bay the percentage of observation of cetaceans is 95%.
In addition to cetaceans in the bay of Algeciras you can observe other animals, such as the loggerhead turtle or numerous birds in their migratory passage.
Verdemar does not want to think what would have happened if the drift would lead to a major accident, a spill, an accident with another vessel … This would seriously affect the traditional fishing sector and tourism in the area, in addition to the serious environmental and economic impact.
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