Oil Spill in Saronic Gulf: No swimming at these contaminated beaches, warns Public Health Ministy

According to the latest measurements, swimming is forbidden in the Region of Attica due to short-term contamination from Oil Spill caused by the sink of an oil tanker “Agia Zoni II”.

Swimming is temporarily  prohibited in these areas:

-In Peiraeus, coast close to Hellenic Naval Academy (Akti Themistokleous 334) till Freatida beach

-In “Votsalakia” beaches

-All beaches in Alimos municipality

- All beaches in Palaion Faliron municipality

-All beaches in Elliniko-Argyroupolis municipality

-All beaches in Glyfada municipality

- Limnionas Bay


Coasts that are not affected

East Attica, beaches from Voula till Sounio, are not contaminated according to the special task force from Region of Attica who made measurements till today.

Gregory Konstantellos, mayor of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni took initiatives to deteriorate contamination such as a floating dam and mop up fuels from the sea. These actions played a crucial role and prevent from spreading the spill to the southern coastline.

In the meanwhile, special cleanup vessels from European Union and Hellinic Coast Guard, came by the dam, which contibutes to the stability of the spill and  additional help came  from «North Aegean Slops» ships and municipality’s civil protection. Overall, the result ispositive for the region.

Special Team of experts arrived from Rotterdam, Neatherlands in order to cooperate Greek authorities. Mr. Lange,ship inspector said that a good work has been done in only four days and proposed the following measures:
-Installment of large absorption tanks, in order to adosb oil
- Installment of vertical underwater absorption dam
-Usage of oil skimmers
-Usage of oil rantar equipment, that detects invisible/ non visible spills
- Usage of high-pressure (300 bar-140οC ) hot water to clean-up the beaches
- Beaches covered by sand and gravel should be cleared with water in a depth of at least 50 cm
- A Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) or a sonar in order to detect oil spills at the bottom of the sea.