More than 16 tonnes of goods and waste were recovered from a cargo ship that sank earlier this month at Dubai Creek. The vessel sank at the mouth of the creek after colliding with one of the wave breakers on its way out of Dubai. As the dhow went down with all its goods, a team of Dubai Municipality workers immediately stepped in to contain the environmental damage caused by the sunken goods and waste. According to a Dubai Municipality of official the team was able to recover the goods and the remnants of the ship, totalling 16.3 tonnes in a record time, to ensure uninterrupted navigation at the creek.
Talib Julfar, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services Sector, said that the ship had set out at dawn to exit the Dubai Creek, but as a result of its collision with one of the wave breakers it sank at the entrance to the Creek. “Considering the sensitivity of the site and to stop the spread of goods in a wide area in the water, a specialised marine emergency team was called in. The team took all the necessary measures and provided the marine scrappers and manpower to recover the sinking products and the waste of the ship in a record time,” said Julfar. He added that the site was surrounded by a sea barrier preventing from the spread and floating of waste in the creek waters because of the currents of the sea.
“The team recovered goods fallen from the ship, mostly electrical appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners, which are dangerous substances with their components on the marine environment if it is given up in water,” he said.
Julfar said Dubai Municipality is keen to maintain the cleanliness of waterways and lagoons in the emirate by strengthening its fleet of waterway cleaning vessels and implementing a range of initiatives and campaigns to keep these sites clean and sustainable, including Dubai Creek, Jaddaf Creek, Dubai Water Canal and Business Bay Canal. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality, added that the marine fleet of Waste Management Department has been prepared and equipped for handling various marine disasters as the Department possesses a variety of marine vehicles that operate with automatic hydraulic system, ensuring high efficiency in cleanliness and minimising human intervention.”