Seabed cleaned on site of Delfi tanker wreck, - Administration of Seaports of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Odesa city hall asked the authority to clean the sea bed from hazardous materials that could either affect the environment or do damage to tourists, as the bathing suit season approaches
17:38, 29 April 2021

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The Administration of Seaports of Ukraine (ASU) completed the cleaning works on the site of the Delfi tanker wreck. The experts re-examined the seabed in this area and lifted the remaining pieces of wreckage. Press office of the ASU reported that on April 29. 

The message says that befire the beginning of the bathing suit season, Odesa city hall turned to the ASU, asking to re-examine the seabed in the area where the tanker sank; there could be items that may either affect the environment or do damage to tourists who come to Odesa to swim in the Black Sea.

Duting the cleaning works, the divers found and lifted a part of a broadside, a metal grid, a spool with the remainders of the cable, pieces of piping and various small metal items. 

The works were conducted fast, and currently, the waters in the wreck area are safe for tourists and the local wildlife, the ASU says.

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

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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