ECUADOR EMERGENCY: freighter carrying pollutants ran aground in Galapagos Islands

freighter, Ecuador

This could be catastrophic!

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Ecuador declared an environmental emergency in the Galapagos Islands Thursday, after a freighter carrying pollutants ran aground last week.


The measure will free up resources to remove the ship and mitigate its impact in the face of “possible environmental damage that could unleash a disaster” said the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park (DPNG).


The vessel, which ran aground off the Baquerizo Moreno port on the island of San Cristobal on Friday, was carrying 19,000 gallons (around 72,000 liters) of cargo fuel that has already been removed.


But highly polluting motor oil and cleaning products remain in the ship’s airtight holds, yet to leak out.