Monitoring Marsaxlokk Bay for possible contamination

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Transport Malta is monitoring Marsaxlokk Bay for possible diesel contamination

Transport Malta officials are monitoring Marsaxlokk Bay for possible diesel contamination following yesterday’s diesel spill that was reported at around 1930hrs. The oil spill happened during loading operations on M/T Santa Maria at Has-Saptan Fuelling Dolphin. 

Transport Malta officers were dispatched on site to ensure that immediate action was taken by vessel operator to clean up. Booms were deployed and diesel spill was contained to minimise spread of oil. The clean up operation continued through the night.

Fortunately, due to prevailing wind conditions, no oil pollution was noticed along the coastline from Qajjenza to Pretty Bay.  Transport Malta is co-ordinating the clean up operation with the assistance of the Civil Protection Department personnel and equipment.  Clean up is still ongoing around the vessel and the area of the Dolphin.