Clean up of an oil spill which occurred yesterday evening in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, has gone well, RÚV reports.
An employee of Skeljungur was pumping oil onto a ship in Fáskrúðsfjörður fjord around 6.00pm yesterday when he noticed an unusually strong smell of oil. According to Skeljungur, a failed meter had caused oil to spill into the ocean. Authorities were immediately notified, and search and rescue teams were called to the scene to stop the spread of the substance. Cleaning operations were begun immediately afterward.
Skeljungur CEO Hendrik Egholm stated rescue teams estimated around 1,000-1,500 litres of oil entered the ocean. Quick notification of the accident to authorities, along with quick response from search and rescue and calm weather led to a relatively easy clean up. “We think cleaning is over, but in such cases we always need to monitor the environment well. We do this to ensure that no oil is left,” Hendrik stated.
Though the failed meter is believed to be the cause of the accident, Hendrik says the incident will be thoroughly investigated by the company. “We do not think the spill has had an effect on the environment. The quantity that went into the sea was insignificant, and both authorities and search and rescue teams responded quickly,” stated Hendrik. “We are very grateful for that.”