Minister of the Environment: the small volume detached from the oil slick does not pose any problem
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Costas Kadis told CNA on Wednesday that the small part of the oil spill from a Syrian power plant that broke away from its main volume did not cause no concern.
He added that the response unit, made up of officers from the fisheries department and the deputy merchant marine ministry, is located in the joint rescue coordination center.
Kadis said the main volume of the oil slick was heading towards the coasts of Turkey and Syria, but it appears that small parts of it have come loose.
It appears, he said, that a small part of the oil slick that broke away from its main volume was located by a fishing boat that was sailing about 50 kilometers northeast of Cape Greco. .
The minister noted that a police plane and a Fisheries Department vessel were dispatched to the area, adding that
nothing alarming has been detected so far and they will continue to cover the wider area northeast of Cape Greco.
In conclusion, he reassured the public that the authorities are ready to activate mechanisms to deal with any incident.
Meanwhile, according to a press release from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, based on research conducted so far that covered an area of 900 square nautical miles, there is no presence of an oil slick. in the maritime area of the Gulf of Famagusta northeast of Cap Gréco.
He adds that the response team is constantly evaluating up-to-date satellite images of the spread of the oil slick received from the European Maritime Safety Agency’s CleanSeaNet system.
Fisheries Department director Marina Argyrou told reporters the relevant authorities remain vigilant. The response team, she said, is constantly monitoring and assessing the situation and will remain on standby until there is no further impact from the oil spill on the wider region, east of the coast of Famagusta.