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Lebanon conflict

Name
Lebanon conflict
Accident date
13/07/2006
Location
Mediterranean
Accident area
Southern Lebanon
Spill area
Inshore
Cause of spill
Act of war
Quantity transported
10,000 to 15,000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
Intermediate fuel oil (IFO 150)
Ship / structure type
Storage tank
Storage tanks at the Jieh power plant after bombings (Source: Le Floc'h Dépollution)
Storage tanks at the Jieh power plant after bombings (Source: Le Floc'h Dépollution)

From 13 to 15 July 2006, bombings in southern Lebanon hit the Jieh electric power plant (30 km south of Beirut). Part of the heavy fuel oil burned. According to the Lebanese authorities' estimations, 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of unburned fuel oil were spilled onto the shoreline and drifted at sea, pushed by south-westerly winds. The pollution soon extended to impact almost half of the 200 km of Lebanese coastline. Several types of substrates were affected: sand, stones, rocks, port facilities...
The product spilled appeared to be an IFO 150 (Intermediate Fuel Oil with a viscosity of 150 cSt at 50°C).

Characteristics

Density at 15°C

0.9385

Cinematic viscosity at 50°C (cSt)

140

Flash point in °C

> 110

Pour point in °C

6

Sulphur (% mass)

1

Asphaltenes (% mass)

2.8

Vanadium V (ppm)

22

Thin slick at sea off the coast of Beirut in July 2006 (Source: French Navy)
Thin slick at sea off the coast of Beirut in July 2006 (Source: French Navy)
Continuous deposit off the coast of Tripoli in July 2006 (Source: French Navy)
Continuous deposit off the coast of Tripoli in July 2006 (Source: French Navy)
Last update: 06/12/2006

See also

Gulf War, Date: 26/01/1991, Location: Persian Gulf

Haven, Date: 11/04/1991, Location: Italy

External links

REMPEC, Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme - environment for development

Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean

Greenpeace, Defending our Mediterranean

US AID, Information on the American contribution with photos 

IMO, International Maritime Organization