Salmon farmer activates oil spill contingency plan after feed barge collision

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Australis’ feed barge was damaged when it hit another.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Puerto Natales Maritime Authority (part of the Chilean Navy) rescued 22 workers from the salmon farm Australis Seafoods.

The “Punta Obstruction”, with 22 people on board, went adrift and hit a second feed barge called “Australis X”. With the hull damaged, water entered the vessel.

According to the authorities, no major damage or environmental spills were recorded on the vessel.

But according to Radio Del Mar, Australis has now activated preventatively “activated a Hydrocarbon Spill Contingency Plan, to conduct surface and surrounding beach inspection, and to coordinate in time resources that are necessary in the event of any presence of hydrocarbons in the water.”

SalmonBusiness has contacted Australis Seafoods for comment.