Environment Ministry working to contain small oil leak from tanker in Eilat

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter

A barrier surrounds a small oil spill from a tanker at the Europe Asia Pipeline Company's oil terminal in the southern city of Eilat, November 29, 2022. (Environmental Protection Ministry)
A barrier surrounds a small oil spill from a tanker at the Europe Asia Pipeline Company's oil terminal in the southern city of Eilat, November 29, 2022. (Environmental Protection Ministry)

A small amount of fuel leaks from an oil tanker anchored at the Europe Asia Pipeline Company’s (EAPC) oil terminal in the southern city of Eilat.

The Environmental Protection Ministry reports that the leak has been contained by barriers placed around the tanker.

Marine inspectors from the ministry are currently at the site to guide those involved in treating and removing the spill.

The Gulf of Eilat is home to sensitive coral reefs, which underpin the city of Eilat’s tourism industry.

A ministry statement says, “This incident emphasizes once again that oil pollution incidents can and do occur all the time, and emphasizes the importance of the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s policy of zero additional risk in the Gulf of Eilat.”

 

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