Boom de­ployed af­ter Freeport oil spill

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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