Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Oil contamination from MSC Napoli

In my opinion the work done in dealing with the Napoli has been mostly a text book operation. But in one respect there has been particular cause for disquiet. MSC Napoli was beached again after it was discovered that she wasn't in a fit state to be towed away in one piece. From that point on, and particularly with the process of splitting her in two with explosives, there has been leakage of residual oil. Latest reports suggest very unpleasant contamination on the beaches with Seaton being highlighted. I don't know if the Maritime and Coastguard Agency decided to take a bit of a gamble on this but I'm now wondering if greater preventative and remedial measures should have been taken. Another question for the County Council enquiry to consider.

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