July 25, 2021

Maritime pollution off Corsica, the Polmar-terre plan activated by the prefect of Haute-Corse

Oil pollution has been detected at sea in eastern Corsica, about 10 km from the coast. The prefect of Haute-Corse decided, on Saturday 12 June, to activate the Polmar-terre plan dedicated to the protection of the coast.

This pollution, containing heavy hydrocarbons, is divided into two slicks over a length of about 19 nautical miles (about 35 kilometers). It is located in the Aleria-Solenzara sector and drifts towards the coast, said the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean, in a press release.

It “Probably results from degassing, but the size and nature of the products do not allow a natural dilution to be expected and require the use of specific antipollution units and equipment”.

The prefect of Haute-Corse calls the people to “Do not touch or proceed by [elles-mêmes] when collecting the pancakes [qu’elles] may be likely to be found on beaches ”, but inform the gendarmerie or the fire brigade of their presence.

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Trawl control operations scheduled for Saturday

The pollution was spotted on Friday around noon during an exercise conducted by the Solenzara air base (Corse-du-Sud). The Mediterranean maritime prefecture immediately dispatched a Falcon 50 aircraft from the French Navy. The latter took photos which made it possible to characterize the nature, location and size of this pollution.

These first elements were then confirmed by the visual observations of the customs star. Libecciu, based in Bastia, which took samples from the area.

“National resources stationed in Corsica are mobilized to intervene as quickly as possible. The situation is monitored in collaboration with the mayors ”, said the prefecture of Haute-Corse. A star in maritime affairs Mimosa boarding Aspretto Naval Base personnel and the tugboat Weather in Altagna of the Erasme company, based in Bastia, must go there on Saturday morning to carry out control operations by trawling.

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Two chartered support and assistance vessels (BSAA), Pioneer and Jason, based in Toulon, are also expected in the area this Saturday with specific antipollution equipment and specialized personnel from the antipollution cell of the Toulon naval base.

The World with AFP