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Tunisia says other countries are helping to tackle the effects of the sinking of a fuel ship – SABC News

Some countries have offered to help Tunisia prevent environmental damage after the sinking of a commercial vessel carrying no more than a thousand tonnes of oil off the coast of Gabes, The Tunisian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

The ship, which sailed from Equatorial Guinea to Malta, sank on Friday and the Tunisian Navy rescued all seven crew members.

The ship carried between 750 tonnes and a thousand tonnes of fuel and sent an alarm seven miles from Gabes, to which the Tunisian navy responded, officials said.

In a statement sent to Reuters, the Ministry of Defense wrote that the Tunisian navy was cooperating with countries that had expressed their intention to provide assistance in order to curb environmental damage.

According to local media, Italy has offered its help and is expected to send a naval ship specializing in dealing with maritime disasters.

On Saturday, Tunisian authorities launched an investigation into the sinking of the ship, which the ministry said was caused by bad weather.

He said barriers would be set up to limit the spread of fuel and the ship would be fenced off before the spilled material was smoked.

The coast of the southern town of Gabes has been exposed to severe pollution for years, with environmental organizations saying the area’s industrial plants are throwing waste directly into the sea.

Tunisia says other countries are helping to tackle the effects of the sinking of a fuel ship – SABC News

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