No 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.