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RIO DE JANEIRO
The Brazilian Navy announced today that it is investigating 30 vessels from ten different countries as possible suspects of the spill of more than 100 tons of oil that since last month reached more than 140 beaches in the northeast of Brazil.
In a statement sent to Globo television, the Navy said that “after a selection of merchant traffic information in the region of interest,” it began communicating 30 tankers with ten different flags to provide clarifications in the investigation into the Origin of oil
“The Navy will contact the competent authorities of the countries of these flags, the International Maritime Organization and the Federal Police, seeking to clarify all the facts. The ongoing activities are also supported by the Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian Army and from US institutions, “added the text.
Oil stains, whose origin is being investigated, already affect more than 140 beaches in 63 municipalities in 9 states of the country, and killed at least 12 sea turtles and a bird.
The Navy classified the events as “a serious oil pollution accident” and mobilized 1,583 military personnel from 48 different organizations, in addition to five ships and an aircraft for investigations.
Initially, the investigation covered almost 1,100 tank ships that passed between August 1 and September 1 in an area 800 kilometers away from the Brazilian coast, between the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe.
The companies that own these ships and their representatives in Brazil were consulted to find out if there were any abnormalities, the route the ship was taking and the type of cargo it carried.
President Jair Bolsonaro said today that he has “almost certainty” that the spill that affects the northeast coast of Brazil was a criminal action.
“The last problem we had, the criminal spill, surely, was almost certainly criminal, in the northeastern coastal region,” he said at a Forum on Investments in Sao Paulo.
The state oil company Petrobras said that the first analyzes indicate that the oil is of Venezuelan origin, and ruled out that it was Brazilian.