Mystery oil spill at Waterfront

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:30

The Coast Guard is cur­rent­ly as­sist­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of an oil spill at the Wa­ter­front Com­plex on Tues­day.

Passers­by re­port­ed a thick black coat­ing cov­er­ing the nor­mal­ly teal wa­ters of the Wa­ter­front near the area where the wa­ter taxis would nor­mal­ly berth.

The oil slick clung against the walls of the dock, stretch­ing past where the Cabo Star is usu­al­ly docked, with on­ly a few streams drift­ing out to­wards the Caribbean Sea.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic spec­u­lat­ed the oil may have orig­i­nat­ed from the wa­ter taxis.

But EMA Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Hay­den Ro­mano told Guardian Me­dia that the trail did not be­gin there.

“Mar­itime preser­va­tion is on site. Mar­itime Ser­vices are go­ing to be on site soon with the EMA and the Min­istry of En­er­gy and the In­sti­tute of Ma­rine Af­fairs be­cause up to now we have not been able to iden­ti­fy the source.”

He said that since the in­ci­dent oc­curred, the Mar­itime Preser­va­tion De­part­ment has been util­is­ing booms to ab­sorb the oil.

Of­fi­cials at the EMA told Guardian Me­dia: “We got the com­plaint rough­ly around 8.30 am. We were able to mo­bilise and were on site around by 10.30. Right now Coast Guard is on site do­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and they will share their find­ings with us.”

- by Rishard Khan