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Trinidad and Tobago’s Economy Faces a Devastating Impact After Oil Spill from Abandoned Ship


Feb 11, 2024
Mysterious Ship Oil Spill Strikes Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is facing a significant blow after a ship ran aground and overturned, causing a massive oil spill. The accident has caused damage to at least 15km of Tobago’s coastline, including its beautiful beaches. As a result, the government is considering declaring a national emergency to help manage the situation.

Since the accident, over 1,000 volunteers have joined government staff in cleanup efforts, while divers have been trying to contain the leak from the abandoned vessel. The chief secretary of Tobago, Farley Augustine, has stated that the government may designate the accident a Level 3 disaster, which is the highest level.

As of now, the spill is categorized as a Level 2 disaster, according to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. However, there is a possibility of the spill escalating to a Level 3 disaster, which would require international assistance.

The ship, known as The Gulfstream, capsized off the coast of the Cove Eco-Industrial Estate without issuing any emergency calls. This incident has occurred just before the country’s annual carnival celebrations, which are a significant source of revenue for its economy.

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