Water pollution in Kamchatka may not be related to a tanker

Several tankers are located near the Kamchatka coast, where large-scale water pollution has been detected. Moreover, according to the data from the MarineTraffic real-time tracking site, two of them are Russian.

Earlier, local surfers told about the change in water color at Khalaktyrsky Beach. They had swollen eyes and skin irritation. Specialists found out that the water contains 3.6 times more oil products and 2 times more phenols. Local residents were advised not to visit the beach.

Nature Protection Prosecutor’s Office started an inspection. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the region, dead sea animals were found on Khalaktyrsky beach, at Bolshaya and Malaya Campers and in Babya Bay. The head of the ministry, Alexei Kumarkov, said that chemical pollution had probably occurred and its source was being identified.

According to MarineTraffic, there are currently four tankers near the territory of Kamchatka in the Pacific Ocean, two of which have not been identified. Two more are flying the Russian flag. These are Prisco Alfa and Belogorsk.

According to the Equasis ship database, the Prisco Alfa tanker for chemicals and petroleum products transportation is from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Vladivostok. The ship owner of the tanker is the Russian company Prisco Tankers, registered in Nakhodka. Previously, the ship sailed under the flags of Luxembourg, the Marshall Islands, Cyprus, and since 2018 – under the flag of Russia.

The second Belogorsk vessel, according to MarineTraffic, is currently at anchor between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The vessel left Vladivostok on August 18 and is currently moving at a speed of 0.2 knots in the southwest direction. The final point of arrival of the tanker is not present. According to the database, the ship owner is the Vladivostok company Price CO LTD. Previously, the vessel was sailing under the flags of Cambodia, Sierra Leone and since 2012 under the Russian flag.

Water pollution in Kamchatka continues for too long.
Meanwhile, water pollution in Kamchatka may be the result of long-term leakage of a strong toxin, rather than a single release. This opinion was expressed by Dmitry Lisitsyn, head of the public organization “Ekovakhta Sakhalin”. According to him, the situation there has not changed for two weeks. Probably, this substance should be sought at the bottom and in the bottom layer of water. He added that it is definitely not oil products. When oil products get into the water, a film is formed on its surface, nothing of the kind is noted here, the ecologist explained.