Diaz Beach oil spill ‘caused by tankers’
PETROSA yesterday denied responsibility for an oil spill on Mossel Bay’s Diaz Beach, suggesting the contamination was possibly caused by crude oil tankers cleaning their tanks off the Southern Cape coast.
Spokesman Thabo Mabaso said in a statement Petrosa wished “to assure the public it is not responsible for the oil pollution that has recently been detected at Mossel Bay’s Diaz Beach”.
After an investigation by Petrosa, the Mossel Bay municipality and marine services company Smit Amandla, the puffy- like lumps of oil were identified as “typical of contamination that results from heavy oil that has been exposed to the elements”.
“This form of contamination is mainly the case after vessels clean their bunker tanks while at sea. The investigation also revealed the oil contamination was blown in from the sea. All the parties to the investigation also agreed Petrosa is not responsible for the contamination.”
Specialists at Petrosa’s laboratory analysed a sample of the contamination and confirmed the product was not produced by Petrosa.
“Petrosa does not ship heavy oil. The heaviest hydrocarbon product Petrosa transports by sea is diesel. It is highly unlikely for diesel to form solid lumps of the type found at Diaz Beach.” – Garden Route Media