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Ria Formosa dredger sinkings - MPs demand answers

DredgerArmonaSmallThe ever vociferous Algarve MP, Cristóvão Norte,  has been joined by fellow MP José Carlos Barros in demanding some answers to the build up of sunken dredgers in the Ria Formosa area.

Last week, another huge dredger slipped below the waters in a highly protected area at the Faro-Olhão entrance to the Ria Formosa. This is the second dredger to sink in the Ria Formosa in the past 18 months.

According to the two Social Democratic Party MPs, both dredgers are owned by the same company and, although in January 2018 the Captaincy of Olhão imposed a time limit 96 hours for the removal of the first sunken vessel, this still has not been done nor has any explanation been given as to why a direct instruction has not been followed.

"There are reports of residents and fishermen who at the time indicated the smell of diesel and recorded an increase in fish mortality and contamination," state the MPs, referring to unconfirmed reports that the dredger had 12,000 litres of fuel in its tanks which has been leaking out.

Cristóvão Norte and José Carlos Barros want the two dredgers to be located and removed, "in order to mitigate the environmental impacts that are obviously recorded on such occasions, taking care of the public patrimony and ensuring compliance with safety rules and safeguarding this natural park area.”

The two MPs are to seek clarification from the Ministry of the Sea and Environment on whether tenders for dredging include any requirement for safety rules to be adhered to, "so that these situations do not happen again," and what steps actually have been taken to remove the dredger sunk near Armona Island – and for that matter, the one that sunk last week.

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0 #4 Darcy 2019-06-15 07:41
Quoting Hamilton:
Good to see the Hungarians behaving responsibly and raising their sunken tourist boat within a week of its sinking. But that is in Eastern Europe with an ex-Communist country that intends to evolve, Sad that this lack of progress with raising sunken dredgers (or even concern with damage to wildlife that so escapes Farcy) in southern Portugal emphasises the non-progress of the ex-fascist EU. Is he really waiting for Allah to do it?
Hopefully the Algerians and Sudanese are using these myriad Portuguese examples as the kind of Revolution they wish to avoid. A Revolution that puts everything back the way it was, the Portuguese elite telling the peasants soon after - "Look we did all the hard work of revolving for you. Aren't you lucky - now get back to work"


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I would normally laugh at a comment like this, but it no laughing matter, as this comment is filled with Racial Abuse and should have been sorted out at Editorial level.
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-1 #3 Hamilton 2019-06-14 16:09
Good to see the Hungarians behaving responsibly and raising their sunken tourist boat within a week of its sinking. But that is in Eastern Europe with an ex-Communist country that intends to evolve, Sad that this lack of progress with raising sunken dredgers (or even concern with damage to wildlife that so escapes Farcy) in southern Portugal emphasises the non-progress of the ex-fascist EU. Is he really waiting for Allah to do it?
Hopefully the Algerians and Sudanese are using these myriad Portuguese examples as the kind of Revolution they wish to avoid. A Revolution that puts everything back the way it was, the Portuguese elite telling the peasants soon after - "Look we did all the hard work of revolving for you. Aren't you lucky - now get back to work"
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-1 #2 Denby 2019-06-14 12:57
They weren't actually dredgers, they were surplus used excavators with cardboard taped to the side to look like the real thing but the thing got wet and sank, move on now, nothing to see here, where's my money. :D :D :D
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+4 #1 Jack Reacher 2019-06-14 08:51
This is what happens when you give contracts to family members or best mates..expecting a small kickback in a bdown envelope. This is the reality of Porrugal. The dredging company should go back to digging holes for sun shade canopy holes on Albufeira beach.
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