A Tanker Fire Off The Coast Of Portugal Raises Concerns About Pollution.

22 march 2023

The Portuguese Navy reports that at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Lisbon Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) received a distress call about a fire aboard the Malta-flagged tanker Greta K, which was about 1.5 miles off the coast, about 3 kilometers from Ingleses Beach in Foz do Douro, Portugal.

There are 19 Filipino crew members on board the tanker, some of whom have already left. The Ports Administration of Douro, Leixes, and Viana do Castelo (APDL) has sent three tugboats to help fight the fire. Boats from the lifesaving stations, Póvoa de Varzim, and the local command of the maritime police have successfully rescued 12 crew members.

The remaining seven crew members are still on board, and the tanker is being hauled to an offshore region for safety precautions. The national maritime authority of Portugal has mobilized teams to respond to pollution and preparing supplies. The Hydrographic Institute of the Navy is also keeping a close eye on the situation and is prepared to determine drift patterns in the event of a pollution disaster.

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