EFE.- A large stain of hydrocarbons generated by the collapse on Tuesday of the merchant Italian “Big America” in the Atlantic ocean just over 300 kilometres west of the city of La Rochelle turns to the French coast, where it could arrive on the Sunday or the Monday next.
“We are facing a contamination of hydrocarbons, which without doubt is going to be transformed… and that sooner or later will end up necessarily on our shores”, said this Thursday, the French minister of the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy. In an interview to the channel ‘Public Sénat’, de Rugy has stated that during the morning of Thursday, the aircraft were flying over that spot, that Wednesday I was 10 miles long and one wide, to observe in particular if you are still leaking fuel from the tanks of the “Large America”, sunk at 4,600 meters of depth.
They could reach the Spanish coasts
The minister, who has pointed out that there is uncertainty due to the sea state, estimated that the contamination could reach the earth in an area that could go in the department of Charente Maritime in the north to the Gironde, and even to the Landes region in the south, Sunday or Monday.
In another interview to the channel “BFMTV”, she has even come to raise the possibility that the hydrocarbons could reach “the Spanish coast”. The “Large America”, built in 1997, had started their journey in Hamburg (Germany) where they had filled their tanks with 3,000 tons of fuel oil for their own propulsion, it is estimated that he had about 2,200 when it sank as a result of a fire started on Sunday that could not be controlled.
In some of their containers were acid, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid, that the French authorities considered that they could be consumed at least in part during the fire.
#TDInfos @FdeRugy Naufrage du “Big America” : “Nous sommes face à une pollution aux hydrocarbures qui viendra tôt ou tard toucher nos côtes (…) Nous estimons that cela pourrait arriver dimanche ou lundi.” pic.twitter.com/4vh52JC0Tk
— Public Sénat (@publicsenat) March 14, 2019
[#GrandeAmerica] #GrandeAmerica subissait a fire depuis le 10 mars soirée, dont la violence s’est amplifiée durant les 24 dernières heures. Le navire présentait south are côté droit une forte inclinaison qui s’est aggravée au fil du temps. @sgmer @MarineNationale pic.twitter.com/vsDPjrVPbC
— Premar Atlantique (@premaratlant) March 12, 2019
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