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Environment ministry investigates causes of Safaga port pollution.

ElMasry ElYoum

 

Environment minister Dr. Laila Eskandar has decided on Tuesday to constitute a committee from the general administrations of the ministry and Red Sea to investigate Safaga port pollution, where they both have received calls from central operation chamber in Cairo concerning the existence of pollution resulting from one of the vessels berthing at maritime Safaga port at the Red Sea.

The ministry’s statement has mentioned the coordination between director of Safaga port and the red Sea navy base to make a survey, as the preliminary report has shown the existence of a vessel named “ANGY R” carrying crude coke coal and the official of company importing the shipment stated that the vessel comes from Spain carrying a shipment of 30 thousand ton of coke coal.

Also preliminary survey has revealed that fumes resulting from volatile coal cover an area of the water of length one meter and width 150meters beside the handling region which is an area enclosed in the port’s berth south the vessel making the violation. Thus limiting its disperse in the sea water.

The committee has received samples of the water and also of coal shipment and asked the environment and company’s officials putting barriers surround the handling region to prevent the diffusion of coal fumes during the unloading process. In addition to making improvements to the port, storage and transport processes, supplying filters to different transport stages and the improvement of stores conditions.

As a result of this statement all legal procedures have been undertaken and the vessel has been reserved for environment compensation resulting from polluting the water. This in addition to continuous inspection works on the processes of receiving imported shipments from the company’s side through joint technical committees and concerned bodies, recommendation to issue licenses and importing coal approvals whether through land or maritime Egyptian outlets with the assurance of the purposes used for, kinds and quantities and referring back to the environment ministry before issuing any approvals.  


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