Tunisia will work with other countries that have offered to help prevent environmental damage after a merchant ship with a maximum of one thousand tons of oil sank in Tunisian waters, the Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.
The ship was sailing from Equatorial Guinea to Malta when it sank seven kilometers off the coast of the southern city of Gabes on Friday. The Tunisian navy rescued all seven crew members after an emergency call.
It brought between 750 and a thousand tons of fuel, officials said.
The Ministry of Defense did not name the countries that had offered to help, but local media said that Italy was expected to send a naval ship that specializes in dealing with naval disasters.
“I want to confirm that there are no leaks and that the doors of the ship are safe, they are tightly closed and there is not even a leak of the Qazoal (fuel) material that represents the shipment,” the Tunisian said. Minister of Transport Rabie Majidi reporters.
A specialized naval diving team has begun work to check the ship for oil leaks.
Tunisian authorities on Saturday launched an investigation into the sinking, which according to the Ministry of Environment was caused by bad weather.
The coast of Gabes has been suffering from major pollution for years, with environmental organizations saying that industrial plants in the area dumped waste directly into the sea.
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