No leaks identified yet, in fuel-laden ship that sank off Tunisia

No leaks identified yet, in fuel-laden ship that sank off Tunisia

No leaks identified yet, in fuel-laden ship that sank off Tunisia

No leaks identified yet, in fuel-laden ship that sank off Tunisia

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Divers have inspected the hull of a tanker loaded with 750 tones of gasoline that sank off southeastern region of Tunisia, with out a leak discovered  up to now, officials stated.

The crew of the Xelo had made a distressed on Friday evening and sought refuge in Tunisian waters from bad weather before taking place, authorities claimed.

The Equatorial Guinea-flagged Xelo was  travelling from Egypt to Malta while it went down.
Images launched by the surroundings and defense ministries confirmed divers heading towards  the Gulf of Gabes, and then stepping into the water at the scene that has been sealed off by using Tunisia’s military.

“With the improvement in weather situations, a crew of divers observed by using the deliver’s captain and engineer who recognize its layout are on site to examine the hull,” Mohamed Karray, spokesman for the court docket in Gabes metropolis, which is observing  Saturday’s sinking, told the AFP on Sunday.

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Defense ministry snap shots confirmed that  the vessel in large part submerged.
Environment Minister Leila Chikhaoui, who travelled to the port of Gabes on Saturday to help oversee the reaction, stated  the situation changed into “underneath control”.
“We assume the hull continues to be watertight and there may be no leakage for the moment,” she told AFP.

As a precaution, defensive booms to comprise any oil slick have been placed around the destroy.
Some countries have offered to assist Tunisia prevent harm to the surroundings, the Tunisian defense ministry stated on Sunday.
media reports said Italy had presented to help and that it changed into expected to ship a naval vessel specialized in handling marine failures.

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The Tunisia branch of the World Wildlife Fund expressed issue over any other “environmental catastrophe” within the place, an essential fishing sector which had suffered from pollutants.

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