Greece is monitoring an oil spill from MV Sea Bird, which went from Ukraine to Tunisia, but struck a rock and went down off the islet of Karavia on Saturday. The crew were safely rescued and nobody was hurt. The Hellenic Coast Guard helped them to get ashore at the port of Monemvasia.
According to The Maritime Executive, on Monday, some signs of pollution from the wrecked vessel were found. The Greek Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy’s environmental department reported on a fuel slick and iridescent spots about 3-5 nm to the south of the last position of MV Sea Bird. As The European Maritime Safety Agency claimed, three additional anti-pollution boats and three privately-contracted tugs are participating in the cleanup effort.
It should be noted, MV Sea Bird built in 1985 was generally below safety standards, 28 out of the 30 port state control inspections since 2015 recorded multiple deficiencies.