The Malta Independent 26 May 2018, Saturday

Minor diesel leak from grounded vessel in Qawra

Saturday, 17 February 2018, 18:22 Last update: about 4 months ago

A salvage contractor is deploying oil spill equipment to contain a minor diesel sheen that seeped out from the vessel Hephaestus earlier today, Trasport Malta said.

Transport Malta and ERA personnel have been monitoring the vessel since it ran aground and are following the situation closely.  The vessel does not contain any heavy oil and thus there is no real risk of pollution, Transport Malta added. 

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Water has reached a breach in the hull and an amount of old diesel seeped out from within. Even though the leak may look dramatic, there is no cause for alarm as the sheen remains on the surface of the water and will evaporate slowly.  

The 4 cubic metres of fuel, mentioned in earlier reports, remain untouched. The adverse weather conditions are unfortunately making it impossible to salvage the ship at this point in time, however if the weather forecast remains as is, the contractor will start pumping out the oils remaining on the ship tomorrow. 

The vessel Hephaestus, a 60-metre tanker registered in Togo ran aground in Qawra last Saturday due to the inclement weather.  

 

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