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CSL Virginia/Ulysses collision: Majority of bunker spill cleaned up

15 Oct 2018

The majority of bunkers spilled into surrounding waters after the collision between CSL Virginia and Ulysses has been cleaned up, says the Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean.

“Today, Sunday, October 14, 2018, antipollution aircraft no longer detect significant plaques of heavy fuel at sea,” stated the maritime authority.

“It is estimated today less than 2% the volume still present in the water; this is less than the volume of a utility van.”

It noted 12 vessels recovering a total of 1,000 cubic metres (m3) of oil/seawater mixture; experts estimate of the 600m3 which initially escaped from CSL Virginia, nearly 30% evaporated or were absorbed by the environment.

The spilled bunker fuel has now dispersed to the size of small golf balls and aircraft are beginning to have difficulties spotting pollution from above.

As such, oil spill recovery operations have moved to introduce ships with trailing pockets of oil absorbent material to soak up remaining pollution.

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Photo credit: Marine Nationale
Published: 15 October, 2018

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