The Oil Tanker Sank near Tunisia due to bad Weather
A tanker carrying 750 tonnes of diesel from Egypt to Malta sank off the southeastern coast of Tunisia, officials say.
According to a report by the foreign news agency ‘AFP’, the authorities said that due to the bad weather in the sea, the ship Zello Wesel had warned of the danger on Friday evening and requested to stop in the sea of Tunisia.
Equatorial Guinea’s flagship was sailing from the Egyptian seaport of Damietta to the European island of Malta when it applied to enter the Tunisian coast.
According to the ship monitoring website Veseltracker.com, the tanker is 58 meters long and 9 meters wide.
Tunisia’s environment ministry says it began sinking about 7km from the Gulf and its engine sank.
In an interview aired on a state-run channel, Environment Minister Laila Chakahoi said “the situation is under control.”
Tunisian port spokesman Mohamed Carrey said, “there is an invisible leak that is leaking oil but it will not be a threat to the sea.”
The Minister of Environment said that the purpose of the National Emergency Plan is to protect the sea from pollution. The situation is under control and preventing the spread of pollution.
Mohammad Karre said that the Georgian captain, 4 Turks, and 2 Azerbaijanis have been transferred to the hotel after providing medical aid in the hospital.