https://news.transport.gov.mt/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Qawra-Grounding.jpeg 900 1600 Stanley Agius https://news.transport.gov.mt/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Transport-Malta-Logo-for-Web-01-300x278.png Stanley Agius2018-02-10 14:42:332018-02-10 14:46:42No pollution risk following vessel grounding in Qawra
No pollution risk following vessel grounding in Qawra
Transport Malta’s maritime pollution response team, together with the civil protection and the Police were on site since this morning and keep monitoring the small vessel, Hephaestus, a 60-metre tanker registered in Togo, that grounded early this morning at Qawra due to the inclement weather.
All crew are safe onshore. The tanker had no cargo onboard and there are no pollution risks. The vessel has approx 4 cubic meters of fuel onboard but there is no risk of that seeping out. ERA officials are monitoring the site as well, to pre-empt any environmental damage.
The authorities are currently investigating the accident and planning a salvage operation that will be put in action as soon as weather conditions improve.