Thursday 26 December 2019

Oil spill as barge sinks in Galapagos Islands

This is an interesting Youtube video from BBC News. Ecuador was fighting to contain the environmental impact of a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands after a flatboat carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank.

The calculations for the load weight were not done well. They did not predict this happening. Be careful when operating cranes.

Follow tips for safe operation of cranes: have license, use mobile crane computer, be mindful of your surroundings, check crane for damage, create a checklist before operation, check ground conditions, pay attention to the angles of the crane, check pads and cribbing. Don't ignore the Safe Working Load (SWL). No Slack Chains.


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      An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment (especially the marine ecosystem) due to human activity. This is definetely a form of pollution. The term is usually given to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the ocean or coastal waters. However, spills may also occur on land. Oil spills may be due to releases of crude oil from tankers, offshore platforms, drilling rigs and wells, as well as spills of refined petroleum products (such as gasoline, diesel) and their by-products, heavier fuels used by large ships such as bunker fuel. Spills could also be the spills of any oily refuse or waste oil.

      More interesting recent oil spill news:

      March 17, 2021 - Emergency Over, Most Beaches Reopened After Disastrous Oil Spill

      Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry on Wednesday declared the emergency caused by a massive oil spill on the coast a month ago to be over.

      A major cleanup operation sure was performed to make the beaches more safe.

      "After a particularly intense month, we are moving to the next stage, and continuing to supervise the coastal authorities in further cleaning and removal of tar, to achieve a complete cleanup of the beaches," Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said in a statement.

      In what was described as one of the worst environmental disasters in the state’s history, an estimated 1,000 tons of so-called tar washed onto Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. According to Channel 12 news, 600 tons have been cleared away to date.

      82% of Israel’s beaches have reopened for public use. Of the total, 61% have been rated clean or with slight levels of pollution; 36% were found to have light to moderate levels of pollution; and 3%, almost all of them rocky beaches, are still significantly polluted.

      Read more about it here:

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