30 Oct 2018 17:41

Area of fuel spill no more than 30 sq. m - Murmansk authorities

MURMANSK. Oct 30 (Interfax) - The fuel spill at the site where a floating dock of the 82nd Ship Maintenance Plant in the Roslyakovo area of Murmansk sank early on Tuesday is not critical in terms of environmental risk, the regional committee for residents' safety told Interfax.

"A division of Ecoservice [an enterprise that cleans up spills of oil and petroleum products] has detected a floating five-cubic-meter tank of diesel fuel and found that approximately half a cubic meter of fuel spilled out. Now everything has been treated with sorbents. Considering all their chemical properties, I think everything will disappear within three to four hours," according to Vladimir Gusev, chair of the committee and former head of the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, adding that the area of the spill was "roughly 20 to 30 square meters."

The floating dock that sank contains about 100 cubic meters of heavy fuel oil for boiler use, he said.

"But the fuel oil is in safe tanks, and we are hoping there will be no spill. In other words, there is no threat to the environment right now," Gusev said.

Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun said earlier on Instagram that a fuel spill had been detected and that specialists from Ecoservice had installed containment booms to limit its spread.