100,000 liters of oil left in the sea - but where?

06 November, 2023

The Coast Guard has searched with ships, divers and drones in the area where the ferry Marco Polo ran aground but has not found any oil that could be cleaned up over the weekend.

The ferry Marco Polo in Stillerydshamnen in Karlshamn. Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT Archive image..

– There are around 100,000 liters of oil that we don’t know where it is, says Valdemar Lindekrantz, spokesperson for the Coast Guard.

He cannot answer how far from the affected area outside Listerlandet in Blekinge the oil may have moved.

– Had we known that, we would have had a better chance of finding it. We have searched in the areas where the groundings occurred, and we have also searched along the coastal strip that would be most affected according to the forecasts. We see no oil there, at least not on the surface.

The coast guard will remain in the area, but on a smaller scale than on Thursday when the damaged ship was towed into Stillerydshamnen in Karlshamn. In addition to the continued search for oil, cleanup of the Coast Guard’s equipment and ships is underway.

The coast guard has not received information from the shipping company TT-Line about how long the Marco Polo will remain in Stillerydshamnen or where the ferry will then be taken.

– When we receive information that she is to leave, we will be prepared to follow the ship, so that no further oil leaks out, says Valdemar Lindekrantz.

Text: TT/Nyhetsbyrå
Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT Arkivbild

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