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Fuel spill at Mowi harbour on Skye demands environmental clean up operation

Bags of feed being loaded at Mowi’s new salmon feed plant at Kyleakin on Skye
Bags of feed being loaded at Mowi’s new salmon feed plant at Kyleakin on Skye

Emergency clean up crews were earlier today attending a Skye harbour to conduct a cleanup operation after pollution was reported in the water.

Authorities confirmed they were made aware of the incident in Kyleakin around 5am, with the spillage of fuel reported by a concerned local resident.

A coastguard spokeswoman said booms and a pollution skimming device had been in use to clear the affected area of the pollution.

Salmon company Mowi, who operate a fish feed plant in the village, drafted in environmental teams to assist in the operation at their dedicated harbour.

The firm’s operations director Claes Jonermark said: “We can confirm that there has been a minor diesel spill from a vessel operating in the Kyleakin Feed Plant’s harbour area.

“The odour of diesel was reported to our company by a local resident late evening on March 31.

“Swift action was taken to identify and contain the spill by our staff who are specifically trained to handle this type of incident and have spill containment equipment on standby as part of routine operations.”

He added: “Spill containment booms were immediately deployed and a specialist containment company was called to attend the scene, arriving in the early hours of April 1.

“Diesel oil and seawater recovered during the pollution control operations will be disposed of in accordance with specialist waste handling procedures.”

Mr Jonermark confirmed the salmon company has informed all relevant parties including SEPA, the coastguard and Police Scotland.

He added: “We understand this to be a localised event and are assisting with the investigation regarding the root cause of the spill.”

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