Oficio N° 263-01 PNG-DIR
Dear Friends and Supporters:
As you know, this past January 16th, the Galapagos Islands suffered an important ecological impact as a result of the grounding of the M/T Jessica and consequentially its fuel spillage in the waters surrounding the archipelago.
Galápagos National Park Press Releases
January 17, 2001 - Isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos.
BOLETIN DE PRENSA 11
Las actividades que se han desarrollado el día de hoy consisten básicamente en la continuación de los trabajos en San Cristóbal en el buque siniestrado. El equipo de técnicos, tanto nacionales como extranjeros, está tratando de tomar una decisión sobre qué hacer con el barco.
En Floreana prosigue la recopilación de bunker. La lancha patrullera Sirenian del Parque Nacional Galápagos permanece allá. El día de hoy, martes 30, se encontraron otras dos iguanas marinas cubiertas de combustible, las cuales recibieron el tratamiento adecuado y fueron liberadas.
PRESS RELEASE 11
Today work with the wrecked tanker continued on San Cristobal. The team of national and international technicians is trying to decide what to do with the ship.
The Galapagos National Park patrol launch Sirenian remains in Floreana where recovery of bunker fuel continues. Today, Tuesday 30, two more marine iguanas were found covered in oil. They received adequate treatment and were then set free. Another Audubon shearwater (marine bird) died.
PRESS RELEASE 10
The Galapagos National Park continues mitigation actions to counteract the fuel spill produced when the tanker Jessica ran aground on San Cristobal Island some days ago.
In Floreana work has continued throughout the day. The last traces of fuel in the zone close to Perros Beach had been cleaned up by midday. Two frigate birds and two rays were found dead and some oiled marine iguanas were treated on the spot.
PRESS RELEASE 09
Yesterday, Saturday January 27, the Galapagos National Park patrol launch Guadalupe River, left for Isabela, transporting equipment and combustible for the mitigation and control of a fuel slick resulting from last week's spill. The slick, which was found off Tortuga Islet yesterday at noon, collided with Tintoreras Islet and reached Puerto Villamil Beach on Isabela Island. Both the Islet and the beach have been cleaned and the situation is under control.
January 17, 2001
At approximately 22:00 local time (UTC -6) on January 16, 2001, the tanker Jessica, owned by Acotramar, ran aground at the entry to port Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. The vessel was arriving from the port of Guayaquil on the Ecuadorian mainland, carrying 160.000 gallons of diesel destined to be delivered to the fuel dispatch station on Baltra Island, plus 80.000 gallons bunker fuel (IFO), which were to be used to fuel the tourism vessel Galapagos Explorer.