An accidental spill from a crane’s hydraulic hose on the Portier sea extension site was swiftly dealt with as soon as it was discovered, the Monaco Government said.
The leak of biodegradable oil took place on the afternoon of Thursday, May 18. A dam was set up to contain any pollution, together with the installation of a skimmer inside the dam to pump the spilled oil.
The Directorate of Maritime Affairs was informed immediately and officials visited the site. They asked the operator to supplement pollution control by installing absorbent rods to mop up the traces of oil that had drifted away from the vessel before the dam was installed.
Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs, said: “The reaction of the company is to be welcomed. It immediately informed us of the incident, took urgent measures to limit pollution and responded without delay to our request for increased measures.”
On Friday morning, a team from the Maritime Affairs Directorate visited the site and was able to verify that there was no trace of pollution in the water.