M/V MSC ROBERTA


Five container drops to the sea and Three Indian sailors died when their container ship collided with a cargo ship in the Dardanelles straits off the town of Gelibolu, near the northern entrance to the straits, early Sunday, maritime officials said. The victim’s boot, “MSC Roberto”, is 244 m length, 39.892 gross ton Panamanian registered and was traveling to Greece from Turkey. The second ship involved in the accident is 185 m length, 23.646 gross ton registered cargo ship called “Aegean Wind” and was traveling from Ghana to Ukraine. The Straits were been closed until the MSC Roberts could be towed to safety. Mavi Deniz Environmental Protection Services Corporation was straightaway mobilized by the ship’s P&I Club to carry out cleanup operations and by daylight already hod oil spill response vessels, barges, vacuum trucks, skimmers, booms, response equipments and on emergency response team on-site and working to contain the leakage in the fuel tank of the Panamanian vessel. The amount of oil spill was estimated at 15 tons of marine fuel oil. 25 km coastline with marine animals, aquatic birds, fishes, fishing boots was affected by the oil slick. Oil spill effects on various life stages include long-term effects on fish stocks and hove on immediate physical and economic impact on fishing activities. The fishing port is unusable because they ore contaminated by oil. Fishing vessels and gear is fouled by oil. Shore birds were impacted while feeding on oiled beaches. The oil spill effects corals in the region caused substantial mortality among the fishes and invertebrates ( including lobsters, crab, gastropods, bivalves, octopus, sea urchins, sea stars and sea cucumbers ) Natural algal species and sea grosses were also destroyed in many of these areas. Also 60 workers ore on the beach to clean the oil slick from the coast of Gelibolu. 25 tons of oily waste transported to the lzoydas Waste Collection Factory.