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August 3, 2021

Black Sea polluted by ship sunken 14 years ago

Constanta authorities are currently working on preventing a large-scale oil pollution near the Northern embankment dam of the Constanta Port, where oil leakages from a ship sunken 14 years before have surfaced along several kilometres., Mediafax informs. The pollution was reported near the Northern dyke of the Port, where two ships sunken and two sailors died 14 years ago.

The head of the Romanian Sea Rescue Agency (ARSVOM), Dorel Onaca, on Thursday stated that the first pollution traces had been seen in the area at the beginning of the week. Approximately 400 sq m were immediately enclosed by an anti-pollution floating barrier, but the sheet of oil escaped it and kept spreading. Onaca also said that oil iridescences had been reported in the past, too, but not in such a large quantity, meaning that the tanks of the ship were more damaged by corrosion than the authorities had though they would be.

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