A belt with heavy fuel oil at ten times the one mile in the bay of Biscay is expected to reach France's south-west coast at the end of the weekend.
now sends four anti-pollution to deal with the oil offshore, and is also preparing for a later saneringsinsats in the country, reports the AFP.
the Oil comes from a ship that crashed about 30 miles west of the port city of La Rochelle.
The Italian freighter ”Grande America” was on the way from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca in Morocco when the Sunday began to burn, and two days later sank.
All the 27 people in the crew could be evacuated.
the Cause of the fire is unknown but is believed to have started on a deck where there were cars.
the Ship was loaded with around 2,000 vehicles and 365 containers, including 45 with ”hazardous substances”, including 100 tonnes of hydrochloric acid and 70 tonnes of sulphuric acid.
According to the havsmyndigheten in Brittany is not load something long-term threat to the environment. Any problems will be local and short-lived, and most of the acid has probably already burned up, according to the agency's director Jean-Louis Loziers.
The immediate risk of contamination are the place of the fuel on board, 2.200 tonnes of oil.
not the French environmental organization Robin des Bois (Robin Hood), who intend to sue the owners in a court of Brest of having caused environmental damage at sea.
– Two thousand vehicles – it is a car crash at the bottom of the ocean with hundreds of tons of toxic materials in an area that is rich in fish, plankton, and other marine animals, says the organization's spokesperson, Jacky Bonnemais to AFP.the oil Slick is believed to reach the coast on Sunday or Monday, and, above all, the department of Gironde is situated in the oil's direction, " according to France's environment minister François de Rugy.