Boom deployed after Freeport oil spill
Malta Freeport Terminals deployed a temporary protective boom outside Birżebbuġa’s Pretty Bay Thursday night as a precautionary measure to protect bathers after a container was damaged and leaked crude corn oil into the terminal’s basin.
This incident occurred when a container was accidentally struck, a spokesperson said.
An inspection has shown that the oil spill has not spread to bathing areas, but the spokesperson said the Freeport was not taking any risks and had taken the decision to deploy the boom, adding: “There is no danger to bathers and they can continue swimming with peace of mind.”
The incident happened when a container was hit and crude corn oil – which can serve as the refined raw material for margarine, salad dressing and edible oil – leaked onto the quay and into the terminal.
This lightweight rapid response boom – a €30,000 investment by the Freeport last year – prevents any liquid from entering the bathing area and protects the sandy beach from any contamination.
It will remain in place until the spill is cleared.