Contamination dealt by leak from Delfi tanker causes damage in amount of USD 16,000

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's State Environmental Inspection already sent the ship owning company their claim for restitution
22:55, 10 September 2020


The damage dealt by leak of oil products from the sunken tanker Delfi exceeded the amount of USD 16,000. Andriy Malyovany, the head of the State Envitronmental Inspection of Ukraine said so on Thursday evening. 

"The overall sum of damage caused by the leak of pollutive liquids makes 16,300 U.S. dollars. The sum will not change. We already sent he ship owning company a claim for restitution", the official reported.

The cost of damage is evaluated as a minor one, because currently the damage extent is calculated by the same procedure, Malyovany explained.

"The damage from contamination of a body of water by oil products and palm oil is the same, as long as the volumes of the leaked oil and oil products are the same. However, oil products inflict much more damage to the environment than the palm oil does", the official said.

Earlier on Thursday, we reported that the tanker was lifted and towed from the beach of Odesa, where it sunk in 2019. 

Related: Final stage of raising tanker Delfi begins in Odesa

In November 2019, the Delfi tanker remained in the waters of Pivdenny port; a powerful storm thwarted the vessel to Odesa, and it sunk not far from the coast. No attempts to lift it off the sea bed turned successful until July 26, when it was put on its backbone. 

It is also worth noting that the economic court of the Odesa region opened a criminal proceeding against Mister Drake PC company which owns the tanker

In November 2019, Mister Drake PC claimed it owned the vessel and provided the documents that confirmed it was its property. Then, the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine asked Mister Drake PC to pay for the operation to liquidate the consequences of the vessel's crash, but nothing followed.
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