Progress made on Port of Rotterdam clean up

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has made progress on the clean-up of an oil spill that occurred at the port last weekend.

Approximately 160 tonnes of the 200 tonnes of spilled oil had been cleared by Wednesday morning.

The remaining oil is expected to be cleared less quickly.

After cleaning the port water and vessels, a start will be made to clean up the contaminated jetties, slopes, banks and other port infrastructure. This is expected to take several weeks.

A 24/7-capacity washing facility has been established to clean the contaminated vessels. 16 of the over 50 inland vessels have now been cleaned, as have four of the 15 contaminated sea-going vessels.

The vessel involved in the collision with the jetty on Saturday, June 23 has been towed from its original berth to a shipyard on the opposite side of Botlek.

The collection and cleaning of infected birds is being coordinated by Rijkswaterstaat.

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