In the seaport of Vyborg, Leningrad Region, a spill of oil products from a tug occurred, the prosecutor’s office began an inspection. About it reported in the North-West Transport Prosecutor’s Office.
According to preliminary data from the supervisory authority, the leak occurred from the tug “Comrade Andrey”, which was moored at the port berth. The volume of oil products leaked into the water area of the Vyborg Bay is not yet known.
The owner of the ship was summoned to the prosecutor’s office to give an explanation. The tug “Tovarishch Andrey” was built in 1992 at a plant in Rybinsk and is assigned to the port of St. Petersburg.
We will remind, on the eve it became known that the oil spill near Novorossiysk turned out to be 400 thousand times larger than the originator of the leak reported. The area of the slick from the release of oil products was 80 km². The accident occurred on August 7 when oil was injected onto the Greek tanker Minerva Symphony. The Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which carried out the loading, said that the oil that got into the water spread over an area of 200 square meters, and the volume was “about 12 cubic meters.”
Alexei Knizhnikov, head of the environmental policy program for the WWF-Russia fuel and energy complex, told The Insider that the extent of the leak was initially clear, but now the situation has developed according to the worst-case scenario and has already caused billions of rubles in damage.