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The conditions of the sea made it impossible to carry out anti-pollution work due to the 4 and 5 meter high waves. At last the conditions of the sea have improved and anti-pollution floating barriers have been deployed, and together they are using trawls to remove the fuel.
Fortunately, the 2,200 tons of fuel have not been scattered in the accident, but it continues to float from the ship already sunk pollutants to the marine space.
The ships of this operation are 180 miles north of Cabo Peñas (Asturias), and being the northern quadrant of the Bay of Biscay, according to an agreement signed between the two governments in 1999, the area has been under French control , who are the ones who direct the operations.
In the area, four French Navy ships and as many Spanish as the VN Partisan and Ría de Vigo chartered by EMSA and the tall tugs Alonso Chaves and María de Maeztu are working. There is also a French reconnaissance plane from SASEMAR.
The French also and thanks to the EMSA CleanSeaNet system remain vigilant against possible illegal discharges of hydrocarbons by opportunistic polluting vessels, as there are many ships that take advantage of these accidents to illegally clean bilges and pollute more nautical miles.
At the same time, it is known that there are several containers floating more than 100 km from the point of sinking and that they are a serious danger to navigation.
In terms of oiled fauna and as we have been able to know by French and Spanish ornithologists , some seagulls have been seen living on the high seas, flying with the remains of hydrocarbons in their plumage. There are animal losses such as a gannet with traces of oil in Biarritz.
“According to the latest information, the stain is moving further south than expected”