Oil Spills from Barge off Finland’s Coast

Illustration; Image Courtesy: Derick E. Hingle/Greenpeace

A barge which hit the ocean floor caused an oil spill at the coast of Finland’s Hanhikivi headland in the morning hours of October 6 during hydraulic construction work at the site, according to the Helsinki-based dredging company Terramare Oy.

Some 300 liters of oil leaked to the sea, which formed a 200-meter long and 150-meter wide oil slick.

Rescue Department located the oil slick quickly and began the oil spill response work. Four vessels were deployed at the location to continue the clean up operation.

Terramara’s barge was given permission to leave and it is on its way to the harbor of Raahe for inspection and repair.

“An oil spill at the sea area is always a serious matter. Such environmental damage shouldn’t be a part of any construction work and is in no way acceptable,” Fennovoima’s Project Director Minna Forsström, said.

The company said that the oil spill at the coast of Hanhikivi headland is under control.

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