A hydrocarbon spill following the sinking of a shrimp boat in Puerto Peñasco’s wharf on Monday, September 21st, was brought under control that same afternoon, reports Harbor Master Luis Castro Galán. Fortunately, no one was injured from the incident.
Due to causes still under investigation, on Monday morning the shrimp boat “Guillermo Munro” of the local fleet sank in the city’s dock area. This led to an oil and diesel spill, amount of which is yet to be determined by specialized Marine personnel. The Navy, Civil Protection, Harbor Master, and police agencies responded immediately to the situation in order to both contain and remove fuel from the water.
Hours before the incident, the “Guillermo Munro” was filled up with 20 to 25 tons of diesel as part of the preparation process prior to the start of the 2020-21 shrimp season.
The Navy and members from other agencies responded to the event by immediately setting up a containment zone, much as they have done in emergency drills carried out at the docks.
The Harbor Master indicated the owners of the sunken ship then proceeded with maneuvers to lift the vessel in order to rescue it, under supervision of the Harbor Master and the Navy.