Cleaning works will last for at least two months after a 50-ton-fuelled ship stranded in the Cesme district of the Aegean province of Izmir leaked and polluted its Pasalimani area and Ilica-Yildiz Burnu coast, Cesme District Mayor Muhittin Dalgic has said.
Dalgic said the winter conditions were increasing the spread of fuel over the sea.
The fuel leakage polluted Cesme’s internationally known turquoise blue seas and covered it in all black.
Cleaning teams were continuing their works since the accident occurred.
Izmir’s Directorate of Environment and Urbanization said the area surrounding Pasalimanı was the most affected by pollution.
Meanwhile, locals and non-governmental organizations in the district criticized officials for intervening very late.
The leakage happened after Panama-flagged ship Lady Tuna was stranded nearby Pırasa Island on Dec. 18. The ship was removed after 10 days about one to two miles off the coast.