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Oil products spill from sunken Delfi tanker occurs in Black Sea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The oil spot covered the area of some 70 square meters
15:43, 4 September 2020

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Another petroleum products spill took place in the Black Sea near Odesa, where the sunken Delfi tanker remains on the seabed. Andriy Malyovanyi, the Head of State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine reported that on Facebook.

"Yesterday, specialists of the State Environmental Inspection of Odesa region examined the waters neat the sunken vessel and detected smears and the grey, silvery foam, 70 square meters of the area", the message says.

The official claims that the spill took place because of the ongoing attempts to lift and stabilize the tanker.

The lab tests showed that the maximum residue limit of harmful substances was exceeded by 5.8 times. Local services are taking immediate steps to liquidate the consequences of the disaster, using the absorbent.

The State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine will only be able to assess the damage to the environment only when Delfi is completely removed from the Black Sea waters.

Related: Rise of sunken Delfi tanker does not cause Black Sea pollution

Recently, the Economic court of the Odesa region opened a criminal proceeding against Mister Drake PC company, which owns the Delfi tanker; the vessel sunk not far from Odesa in November 2019. This is mentioned in the court's decision issued on September 1.

State enterprise Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine filed the lawsuit against the company. It says it took the damage equal to the amount of 85,000 U.S. dollars. The administration of ports asks the court to charge this sum from the defendant. 

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. 

Related: Court arrests Delfi tanker, which sunk near Odesa

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