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MSC Al Amine

SpillsMSC Al Amine

On 15 February 2005, the Moroccan-owned, 13-year-old, 137 m long container ship MSC Al Amine suffered mechanical failure and grounded in the Gulf of Tunis near the Korbous health spa, spilling 100 to 150 tonnes of heavy fuel oil.

The Tunisian authorities requested that the shipowner organise clean-up operations, which were conducted by a specialised French company. Within the framework of trans-Mediterranean cooperation and upon request from the Provence-Alpes Côte-d’Azur region, the team leader of Cedre's Pollution Follow-up Department carried out a mission to provide technical expertise for the Tunisian National Environmental Protection Agency. The aims of this mission, conducted from 11 to 15 March, were to assess the sensitivity of the sites affected and to give advice on clean-up techniques and assessing ecological and economic impacts. The advice provided was mainly based on the experience of the heavy fuel oil spills caused by the Erika and the Prestige. Recommendations were also made on preparing compensation claims.

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Name: MSC Al Amine

Date: 15 February 2005

Location: Tunisia

Accident area: Gulf of Tunis

Cause of spill: damage to ship

Type of pollutant: heavy fuel oil

Quantity spilled: 100 - 150 tonnes

Ship type: container ship

Flag: Moroccan

Last update: December 2005

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