Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

Third phase clean up Jan Kok

WILLEMSTAD – The final cleaning of oil disaster at Jan Kok is divided into three phases. This is in agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Nature, Isla Refinery, CPA and Carmabi which was decided yesterday. Last week they already begun phase two: the cleaning of the coastline of Rif St. Marie using Isla-workers.

The consultations took place yesterday at the office of the Port Inspection. Carmabi reports, in an update on the cleaning of oil-contaminated area in Jan Kok, that they decided to divide the clean up into three phases. The first stage, the coarse cleanup operations using bulldozers and containers, was completed last week. The employees of the refinaries are currently busy with manual cleaning of the coastline.

In addition to the work carried out by Isla-workers, various volunteer groups started manually cleaning the mangroves and small beaches. The care for injured and oiled stained animals will also continue under the leadership of veterinary Odette Doest. This phase two is expected to be completed tomorrow and Friday will start with phase three.

In phase three, the cleanup work is done primarily through various volunteer organizations and groups, coordinated by Unique Curacao. During phase two and three are the saliña and coastal area are monitored almost daily by volunteers, including Ryan de Jongh, Unique Curacao and staff of the Ministry. The Refinery has funds available for the purchase of 200 bags of detergent 'Bestabsorp.

An environmental report of the damage in the whole area is prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Nature, with support from Carmabi and Health Deaprtment. The ministry also wants to build a sluice at Rif St. Marie be to protect the area from future oil threats.

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