29 Sep, 2022 @ 13:31
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Divers are removing more ‘oil pockets’ from the stricken ship off the Gibraltar coast as cleaning continues

708.1 2022

DIVERS have found and are trying to remove ‘oil pockets trapped within the frame of the hull’ that could still be leaking into the sea from the sunken ship off the Gibraltar coast, Gibraltar’s government said.

The Rock’s authorities believe removing the oil could ‘further reduce the appearance of free floating oil’, which is already far less than last week.

“In the past few days, only minimal amounts of sheening have escaped the boom, and with the ongoing works even this minimal impact will be further reduced,” the government said in a statement.

Port tugs repaired the booms surrounding the ship and at local beaches that have managed to keep the oil from spreading further.

The latest report came after Captain of the Port John Ghio briefed the Recovery Coordination Group on Tuesday.

It followed the collision of the OS 35 at the end of August which forced the bulk carrier to beach 700m of Catalan Bay.

Cleanup crews have continued to focus on Seven Sisters beach which bore the brunt of last week’s oil spill.

Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services (GJBS) workers advised by the Department of the Environment and Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) have been clearing the remote beach from oil since the weekend.


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