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The APB carries out marine pollution containment drill at the Port of La Savina

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La Savina, 19/01/2018

The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has today carried out a drill on the containment of marine pollution in the zone 1 sheltered waters at the Port of La Savina.

The exercise consisted of simulating a hypothetical oil spill from a tanker at the commercial quay, where the petrol station at this port is located. In order to contain this spill, a 150-metre barrier against marine pollution was placed, which the APB expressly purchased for this port.

Taking part in the drill—besides the APB—were the Firefighters of Formentera Island Council and also the managers of Marina Formentera, a company that has an agreement with the port authority stating that, in the event of any incident at this port, they will intervene with a vessel and the necessary staff to tackle it. Also participating in the exercise were the Port Police of the Port of Ibiza, along with other external clean-up companies who came along as observers.

This drill forms part of the training exercises of the Formentera Firefighters set out in the agreement signed between the APB and Formentera Island Council with regards to training the firefighters to act in cases of emergency, as well as ensuring they have the necessary equipment to keep Formentera residents and visitors safe.

Therefore, the APB has now put out a tender to acquire, in addition to different absorbent materials,150 metres of absorbent barrier and a portable pool to place the contaminated material at each of the 5 ports of interest that it manages. A step forward in the public body's clear commitment to safety and prevention.

 
 

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