An oil tanker with 750 tons of diesel sinks in the Gulf of Gabes

The Tunisian authorities evacuated the crew of seven people on board the ship in distress.

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On the way to polluting Tunisian waters? An oil tanker carrying 750 tons of diesel leaving Egypt for Malta sank in the Gulf of Gabes off the southeast coast of Tunisia on Saturday April 16. “The ship sank in Tunisian territorial waters this morning. There is no leak at the moment”said the spokesman for the district court, adding that a “Disaster Management Commission will meet to decide on action to be taken”.

The tanker Xelo (registered IMO 7618272) of medium size and flying the flag of Equatorial Guinea, bound for the island of Malta from the port of Damietta, Egypt. In order to seek shelter in view of the bad weather conditions, the ship had asked to enter Tunisian territorial waters on Friday evening.

About 7 km off the coast of the Gulf of Gabes, the tanker began taking in water, which seeped into the engine room and rose to a height of nearly two meters, according to a press release from Tunisia’s Environment Ministry. The Tunisian authorities then evacuated the seven-man crew on board the ship in distress.

The Departments of Defence, Interior, Transport and Customs are working to avoid this “to limit a marine environmental disaster in the region and its impact”assured the Ministry of the Environment.

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