Published on: June, 27 2011 – Ministry of Environment Protection – Israel Ministry of the Environment – News.
Staffers of the Eilat Marine Pollution Prevention Station , operating within the framework of the Marine and Coastal Environment Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, have been hard at work cleaning up oil spills, which appear to be attributed to a Panamanian ship, AVRAMIT, anchored in the Port of Eilat. The spill was first discovered in Eilat’s port in the morning hours of Friday, June 24, 2011, and continued the following day. In parallel, the Marine and Coastal Environment Division is in the midst of a criminal investigation against the polluting vessel.
Upon discovery of the pollution on the Almog (Coral) Beach, between the marina and the border of the coral reserve, in the morning hours of June 24, the Eilat Marine Pollution Prevention Station called for help from the Nature and Parks Authority and volunteers from the Eilat field school and others. As a result of the collaboration of all bodies, the oil was contained and pumped from the sea using mechanical means and special sorbents. The quick response of all partners helped to prevent damage to the natural assets of the Gulf of Eilat.
By Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12 tons of fuel oil were pumped from the waters, of which 7 tons were transferred to oil tanks of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company. In addition to the inspectors of the Eilat Marine Pollution Prevention Station, a wide variety of bodies and volunteers participated in the cleanup. They included: the Nature and Parks Authority, the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company, volunteers from the rescue unit of Eilat-Eilot and from the Eilat Field School, employees of the Club Hotel and municipal workers.
The Marine and Coastal Environment Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection began an immediate investigation into the source of the pollution, the suspected vessel was detained and the investigation is ongoing with the help of inspectors of the Shipping and Ports Authority of the Israel Ministry of Transport.