The service provider gas ship which sank off the coast of Gabes in Tunisia on April 15, 2022 is seen this handout image taken in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on November 12, 2017. (Dmitry Frolov/Handout through REUTERS)
TUNIS: Tunisian authorities intensified efforts on Saturday to keep away from an environmental catastrophe after a service provider gas ship carrying one thousand tons of gas sank off the coast of Gabes on Friday, two safety sources advised Reuters.
The Tunisian navy had rescued all seven crew members from the ship, which was heading from Equatorial Guinea to Malta, and despatched a misery name seven miles away from southern metropolis of Gabes, the sources added.
The reason for the incident was unhealthy climate, the surroundings ministry mentioned, including that water had seeped into the ship, reaching a top of two metres.
Authorities have been working to keep away from an environmental catastrophe and scale back any influence, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned obstacles could be set as much as restrict the unfold of gas and cordon off the ship, earlier than suctioning the spillage.
The coast of Gabes has suffered main air pollution for years, with environmental organisations saying industrial crops within the space have been dumping waste straight into the ocean.