20 August 2013, Banjul – A Senegalese oil tanker marked IVECO with registration number TH3411D Sunday caused a massive oil spillage at the Bambatenda-Yelitenda ferry crossing point in Lower River Region, creating some environmental concerns among the authorities and local dwellers in the area.
Eye witnesses have told the Daily Observer that the spillage occurred after the Rear Sheal cover of the tanker knocked the ferry ram while disembarking, thus causing the massive leakage.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter shortly after the incident, the governor of the region, Lamin Darboe, described it as unfortunate. He said bags of sand were put in place at the river shores to minimise the spillage of the heavy oil into the water. The regional disaster management coordinator in LRR, Lamin Saidy, explained that his team together with the governor was on the ground to conduct a rapid assessment of the situation.
“The tanker was carrying approximately 25-30,000 liters of oil, all of which have spilled around the terminal and in the river,” he told the Daily Observer, while indicating that efforts were made to mitigate the situation.
He however stated that urgent clean up exercise is still needed so as to reduce the impact of the spillage.
– The Daily Observer