The City Council of Marbella has designed a special emergency plan to prevent pollution of the coastline caused by spills, mainly those derived from the vessels and the sanitation network, being a pioneering measure in the province that is created on the occasion of the increase in nautical activity since the pandemic, as announced on Tuesday by the Councilor for Citizen Security, José Eduardo Díaz.
This was highlighted by the mayor in the presentation of the initiative, where he has been accompanied by the Marbella Fire Chief, Medardo Tudela; the person in charge of the Emergency Service of the City Council, Jesús Eguía; and the Port advisor, Paco Navarrete.
Díaz indicated that “one of the serious ecological hazards that any coastal municipality can run are the discharges that may come from different risk areas of the coast ”, such as“ whats ports, pleasure craft or ships that can circulate within our perimeter ”.
To this end, he pointed out that the City Council’s Emergency Service has promoted “the first specific Marbella plan to control the entire issue of discharges into the sea and what is one of the pioneers of all Andalusia ” at the municipal level to protect its coastline due to the increase in nautical activity since the beginning of the pandemic.
As he has pointed out, this initiative “is integrated into the city’s emergency plan and, above all, in plans that exist at the provincial and regional level of prevention of discharges “, highlighting that that is why” we establish the protocols to be followed “when one occurs in the port facilities of the municipality, which has 4 ports, he recalled.
“Are thousands of pleasure boats those that we have throughout the summer circulating through our sea, and the continuous traffic that we have as we are near the Strait of Gibraltar ”, Díaz has referred to as the main risks, to which he has added“ the current comprehensive sanitation system of the Costa del Sol that circulates through our beaches ”.
For prevent the impact of these possible spills, the Consistory has designed “actions that are included in this protocol “ to avoid “environmental damage at the local level”, since “when it is greater or has a greater scope, the higher protocols are activated, in this case the provincial and regional ones”, the councilor pointed out.
Díaz has pointed out that this Specific plan has been approved by the Local Government Board and will be raised to the next Plenary for approval by the municipal Corporation, which is “a step forward to coordinate all emergency services “ such as the underwater units of the Firefighters and Civil Protection.