Oil Spill at Hambantota Port successfully cleaned up

Oil Spill at Hambantota Port successfully cleaned up

Oil Spill at Hambantota Port successfully cleaned up

Written by Zulfick Farzan

14 Jul, 2021 | 3:00 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The minor oil spill that occurred during bunkering at the Hambantota International Port (HIP) has been successfully cleaned up by the Emergency Response Unit of the port.

The oil spill occurred at approximately 6 pm on Sunday, 11th of July 2021 whilst a bunkering barge was refueling a commercial vessel that had called at the port.

“Minimal chemicals were utilized in the cleaning operation, keeping the environment in mind by using ecofriendly means- including manual oil retrieval was carried out. This method took more time but it’s a more effective and thorough way of cleaning up smaller oil spills,” says Ravi Jayawickreme, CEO of Hambantota International Port Services.

The commercial vessel has in the meanwhile been detained until costs incurred are accepted and settled by its owners. 

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