In the afternoon on Tuesday 17th February, the Irish authorities decided to request assistance from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to combat an oil spill initially detected by EMSA’s CleanSeaNet service 50 miles southeast of Fastnet Rock off the West Cork coast.
‘As a result, the EMSA contracted vessel Galway Fisher has been mobilized and will be in Cork on standby. The alert was provided by the CleanSeaNet European oil spill detection service of EMSA on Saturday 14th February. The image, on the basis of which the Irish authorities learned about this spill, is one of the routine images acquired by CleanSeaNet for EU Member States. On 14th February, the oil spill was detected approximately 50 miles southeast of Fastnet Rock off the West Cork coast of Ireland. It has been reported that there were Russian vessels in the area. The spill is estimated to be 400-500 tonnes of oil. The spill was originally spread over an area encompassing four miles by five miles.