Minor Fuel Oil Pollution in Turkey’s İzmit Gulf is under control
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Minor Fuel Oil Pollution in Turkey's İzmit Gulf is under control

The pollution caused by the fuel oil spilled into the sea from the Poliport facilities in the Gulf of İzmit is under intevention by the 4 oil polution companies including the Directorate of Coastal Safety of Turkey..

14 January 2017 - 01:01 - Update: 14 January 2017 - 01:26

The pollution caused by the fuel oil spilled into the sea from the Poliport facilities in the Gulf of İzmit is under intevention by the 4 oil polution companies including the Directorate of Coastal Safety of Turkey..

According to information received from the region, Seagull, Mare, Medmarine and Coastal Safety teams continue to work in the region with boats and response teams. It was learned that the collection of fuel oil sledges at the sea will continue throughout the night.

Officials who stated that the pollution is not significant and under control are not facing a pollution that would require the use of exaggerated expressions such as the death of seabirds and environmental disaster. The amount of fuel oil spreading over the sea in a wide area is more intense. "Pollution is completely under control", officials said. 

Experts said that the the sledges are to be manually collected rather than skimmed, as they are thick sledges and expanded infrequently at a large area. 

Deputy-Director of Marine and Inland Waters Capt. Okay Kılıç at the scene

Intervention to marine pollution is carried out under the chairmanship of Okay Kılıç, Deputy Chief Executive Officer appointed by Marine and Inland Water General Director Hızırreis Deniz.

The Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications administers the crisis in coordination with the Governorship of Kocaeli. General Directorate of Coastal Safety also serves with the ship named Seyit Onbaşı.

As a consortium with the DEKAŞ company in the region, Med Marine, which carries out pilotage and tugboat services, also supports the intervention of marine vessels with pollution.

Mare and Seagull are also interfering with pollution response companies.

Traffic resumed

The maritime traffic, which was suspended in the morning at around 11:00 o'clocke after the pollution was spotted, has been resumed at around 16:00 in the afternoon.

 

 

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