Monday , September 27 2021

Israel to get compensation of NIS 50 million for tar on the beach after oil spill

The International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution will compensate Israel for the oil spill that caused tar on local beaches a few months ago, the Ministry of Environmental Protection announced on Thursday.

Israel, which has been a member of the IOPC funds since 2006, suffered a loss of about 50 million NIS due to the spill, the ministry said in a press release. The foundation’s executive committee, which meets biannually, unanimously accepted Israel’s claim for compensation. All member states voted in favor.

The ecological disaster that hit the Mediterranean Sea in February washed away more than 70 tons of tar off the coast of Israel and at least 1,200 tons are still in the ocean, the ministry said.

According to an investigation by the ministry and the international shipping magazine Lloyd’s List, the source of the spill was the Iranian oil company Emerald, which transported 90,000 tons of crude oil from Iran to Syria.

The incident was “ecoterrorism,” former environmental minister Gila Gamliel (Likud) said at the time.

“Israel will be compensated by the tar disaster,” Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) said last week. “The damage caused to our ocean and wildlife as a result of the spill was significant and the incident emphasizes our preference to prevent further oil spills by switching to renewable energy.”

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