Oil spill in Trinidad and Tobago: 2 vessels are involved

Isbel Lázaro.

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Derrame petrolero en Trinidad y Tobago

In a recent incident that has raised national concern, the government of Trinidad and Tobago reported a significant oil spill involving two vessels: a ship and a tugboat, which has led to the declaration of a state of emergency in the Caribbean country.

Oil spill in Trinidad and Tobago: the vessels involved

The incident, which has caught the attention of the authorities, involves the vessel“Gulfstream” and the tugboat“Solo Creed“, originally from Panama, both bound for Guyana. Guyana. However, the trail of both vessels has been lost and so far, the condition of the crew and whether there has been any loss of life is unknown.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, following investigations supported by satellite imagery, revealed that the “Solo Creed” was seen towing an object on February 4, which allowed its movement to be tracked to Trinidadian waters, where radar contact with both vessels was subsequently lost.

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It is important to mention that this incident has prompted close collaboration with the Guyana Coast Guard, according to statements by Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds. In addition, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has intervened, contacting the authorities of Panama and Aruba to clarify the origin of the vessels involved.

The spill has had a considerable impact on the environment, affecting reefs and beaches on Tobago’s Atlantic coast, which represents a blow to tourism, a vital sector for the island’s economy, especially during the Carnival season. The situation has mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers who are actively participating in the cleanup efforts.

International collaboration in oil spill response

This oil spill in Trinidad and Tobago highlights the importance of a coordinated international response to marine environmental disasters. Spills know no boundaries and can affect vast areas of the ocean, damaging marine ecosystems, biodiversity, and local economies dependent on the sea.

This incident underscores the need to strengthen safety and rapid response protocols among nations and international organizations to mitigate environmental impacts and prevent future disasters. Global collaboration is essential to protect our seas and oceans by sharing resources, knowledge and technologies in the fight against oil pollution.

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Source: france24.com