IMO stated that 10 ships shortlisted as possible origin of Israel's oil spill
According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ten vessels were discovered in the vicinity of the likely original site of the major oil spill in Israel.
These are the results of the EMSA Maritime Support Service's satellite imagery and Authentication Information System (AIS) records.
As the inquiry into the case continues, the names of the ships have not been revealed.
Meanwhile, Minerva Marine denied that its tanker Minerva Helen was involved in the incident, saying that the ship was not involved in any action or activity "that could be linked to an oil discharge at sea."
Furthermore, on February 22, the ship was inspected by the Spanish Port State Control Authorities in Cartagena, which found no defects and that the vessel was in good maintenance and operating condition, according to Minerva.
As clean-up efforts continue, it is estimated that 160 kilometers of Israel's coastline have been stained by tar.
According to the IMO-managed Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea, 1,000 m3 of tar balls had already been collected from Israeli beaches as of February 23, 2021. (REMPEC).
Thousands of volunteers, as well as the country's military, have volunteered to assist with the cleanup. The strenuous operations, on the other hand, are supposed to last a long time.
In addition, the center has asked surrounding nations to report any pollution that has occurred in the last three weeks. According to the information provided, no pollution has been reported by the countries that replied.
The Mediterranean Assistance Unit (MAU) of REMPEC said it was evaluating the possible effects on neighboring countries.
The results of a forecasting model developed by the Mediterranean Operational Network for the Global Ocean Observing System (MONGOOS), an MAU member, will be used.
Following evidence of pollution of the Lebanese shoreline, the Centre is in touch with the Lebanese Competent Authorities.
The big oil spill follows the publication of a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) showing that climate change is having an increasingly negative effect on the Mediterranean basin, resulting in growing inequality, biodiversity loss, and unrelenting pressure on natural resources.
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