The Royal Thai Navy conducted an aircraft survey at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate yesterday afternoon, January 26th, following a crude oil spill from the Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC).
Vice Admiral Pokkrong Monthatphalin, Royal Thai Navy spokesperson, revealed that the First Naval Area Command (NAC1) sent patrol aircraft to survey the oil stains from one of the company’s offshore buoys around 1:10 PM. after the company reported the incident in an official statement during the early hours of yesterday morning.
According to the statement from SPRC, the oil spill was an emergency situation that had started from a leak on a floating jetty on Tuesday evening around 9:00 P.M. and the company had everything under control. The spill reportedly stopped as of Wednesday at midnight and would not cause any effect on its business operations. However, the environmental effect was under an assessment.
An anti-submarine helicopter was stationed to observe the oil spill direction and an oil dispersant called ‘SLICKGONE NS’ was applied around the area. The navy also prepared troops and equipment to assist related units in removing oil stains. The Center to Prevent and Eliminate Water Pollution (Oil) under the Royal Thai Navy’s authorities had also been established.
In terms of the environmental impact, the spokesperson stressed that the Pollution Control Department is now assessing the situation and will report the overall situation later. Meanwhile, the Navy will closely monitor the situation and assist all related departments to solve the situation as much as possible.
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