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Severe fuel spill off the Odessa coast - video

A fuel spill occurred in the Black Sea off the coast of Odessa. The dangerous substance leaked into the water from the wreck of a small oil tanker. The spreading fuel stain poses a serious threat both to local fauna and flora, as well as to tourists, as the whole situation took place near a
Published: June 24, 2020 - 00:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:11
Severe fuel spill off the Odessa coast – video

A fuel spill occurred in the Black Sea off the coast of Odessa. The dangerous substance leaked into the water from the wreck of a small oil tanker. The spreading fuel stain poses a serious threat both to local fauna and flora, as well as to tourists, as the whole situation took place near a beach. The Ukrainian authorities warn against using the water in this region.

A hazardous substance leaked into the water from the wreck of the tanker Delfi Bunker, which ran aground near Odessa in autumn 2019. As part of the rescue operation, an absorbent agent was used and the leak was successfully located. Samples of the contaminated water were also taken, but the scale of the devastation to the local ecosystem is unknown at this time.

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The Ukrainian authorities are warning tourists in the region against entering the water. There is also an official ban on bathing in the Black Sea, near the site of the disaster.

Unfortunately, the above situation illustrates that the Ukrainian authorities are not coping with the problem posed by the wreck. This is already the second leak from the damaged tanker. The first one took place at the end of November 2019, when the ship, swept by gusts of unusually strong winds, broke from its anchor, turned over on its side and ran aground. According to available information, at that time, the level of water pollution from the fuels carried by the vessel increased 157-krones!

As can be seen, the problem has not been dealt with since then, unfortunately resulting in another spill and contamination of water. The question is whether this time appropriate action will be taken to neutralise the threat, or whether the local and state authorities will once again trivialise the problem when it becomes a little quieter?

Source: dumskaya.net
Photo: youtube screenshot

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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