Enviroment Pollution – Europe – Italy

EDIS Number: ED-20120413-34883-ITA
Date / time: 13/04/2012 04:53:19 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Europe
Country: Italy
State/County: Province of Apulia
Location: [Port of Taranto coastal area]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


Some 20 tons of fuel oil were spilled into the sea from a freighter near the Italian southern port city of Taranto on Thursday. A pool of about 800 square meters has appeared on the sea because of the oil spill. Coast Guard personnel, with the help of professional company, have circumscribed the contaminated area with floating barriers and stared the operation of cleaning up oil spillage. Some eight tons of the leaked fuel have been cleaned up till now, according to local news agency Ansa. However, it will take several days to complete all the reclamation work. The fuel oil was leak from a freighter flying the Panamanian flag, which is moored at the cargo port of Taranto for unloading of material. Coast Guard personnel have made an inspection and found oily spotting on the shell of the ship.

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