CAIRO: An oil spillage of two kilometers in circumference was caused in Sinai coastal town of Nuweiba by a crossing Cypriot ship, which will be fined over damages affected coral reefs in the area, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The ship “Star,” which was passing in the Gulf of Aqaba, was stopped at the Nuweiba port until damages to the beach and the reefs are estimated for compensation, Kawthar Hanafy, the head of the Central Department for Managing Crises at Environment Ministry told Youm7.
“The oil pollution will be removed carefully from the beach, and will be safely buried,” Hanafy said.
In June 2015, a 500-meters oil spill was spotted in the Red Sea’s northernmost city of Ras Gharib.
Several leakage incidents in the Nile River were reported, one of them was in April, when a 500-ton Nile carrier ship with a load of phosphate sank in Qena, causing a dispute around the effect of phosphate on the public health. However experts confirmed it is a sedimentary material with no adverse effect on drinking water.