Oil spill contained

STAFF REPORTERGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Port. File picture
Camera IconGeraldton Port. File picture Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Shipping is to resume on Berth 6 Saturday morning after Mid West Ports Authority managed to contain, localise, and commence early clean-up of a minor oil spill adjacent to Berth 5 in Geraldton Harbour.

A spokeswoman said the MWPA completed thorough inspections of the adjacent rocks and Berth 6 piles on Friday and deemed them clear of any oil, allowing shipping to recommence.

“Secondary booms have been deployed across Berth 5 to assist with clean-up operations,” she said on Friday.

“It is expected the remaining oil will be cleared from the water within the next 48 hours.”

The MWPA spokeswoman said Department of Transport representatives arrived in Geraldton on Thursday to support the clean-up operation.

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“Assessments into the initial source of the spill are continuing, assisted by relevant authorities,” she said.

“The situation will continue to be monitored over the weekend and additional updates will be provided as further information becomes known.”

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