H E Mohammed bin Salim bin Said al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, on Wednesday visited sites affected by bitumen from a sinking Cypriot vessel. The vessel, which was carrying over 816 tonnes of bitumen, sank on June 19 around 1.4 nautical miles off Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ).
H E Toobi reviewed efforts made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) through its Pollution Operation Centre to clear the bitumen as well as to activate a national plan to combat oil pollution in Oman.
The vessel is now resting 65m under water. Coasts in the wilayats of Muttrah and Muscat have been affected by the spillage.
Eng Sulaiman al Akhzami, MECA’s director of planning and studies, acting director of the Pollution Operation Centre, and head of the committee managing the clean-up, said that the number of ‘tar spots’ have decreased due to intensive cleaning operations by the committee. “While some sites are now free of tar spots, other sites are yet to be cleared. Work is underway to clear them all,” he said.
Source- Muscat Daily