The work to recover the waste after the sinking of the Don Pedro ferry ealier this summer off the coast of Ibiza have finally been completed, after 92.5% of all the material dumped into the sea following the disaster has been collected.

According to a statement issued by the Balearic Government, “the operation to collect waste has been finished so that fish and sea life is completely free of danger from contamination that could affect it”.

The cleaning up process took place over two phases, the first of which involved extracting all potentially contaminating liquids from the water. These were principally combustible fuel (oil and gas), paints, solvents and lubricating oil but included other potentially dangerous liquids.

The second phase saw the recovery of any further materials which could upset the nautical environment, like oildrums and containers filled with battery fluid. Plastics and wooden materials were also collected, as they could pose a significant danger to boats and sailing ships.

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed in a statement yesterday that, following the completion of this operation, it will deactivate the Territorial Plan (Platerbal) which was designed to provide emergency response throughout the islands.

The head of the department, Maria Angeles Leciñena, will be appearing in Parliament next Wednesday in order to explain the actions of the Government in the aftermath of the sinking of the Don Pedro.

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