The Municipality of Vari - Voula - Vouliagmeni urgently requested the contribution of NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS S.A. in order to prevent the trasnfer of the oil pollution into the coasts and beaches of its jurisdiction due to the sinking of the ship "AGIA ZONI II".
In this context, in the early hours of Thursday 14.09.2017, anti-pollution equipment, power boats, trucks, tankers trucks and specialized personnel of our company arrived at the beach of the former camping of Voula.
Immediately, a floating oil boom of about three kilometers length started to be deployed from the edge of Pounta peninsula (PIKPA peninsula) heading south to Aegina island.
As a result, diffuse oil patches and floating oil agglomerates were trapped by the boom and, next, by means of absorbent materials and special vessels are systematically collected.
Thanks to the in-time deployment of the oil booms, the oil pollution didn’t reach the specified coasts of the Municipality, allowing the citizens to use the beaches of the area, while coasts and beaches of neighboring municipalities had already suffered significant ecological and economic disaster.
Means and staff of our company work every day and remain in full availability in order to monitor and control the evolution of the oil pollution, until the risk is finally removed.
It is worth noting that the whole project of our company has an innovative, for the Hellenic level, character and practice, given that the length of the deployed oil boom is the largest one used so far for oil pollution prevention.
NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS S.A. has once again demonstrated that it is one of the leading Greek companies in this field, with modern means and trained personnel, who can deal with all types of marine pollution accidents in a prompt and effective manner.
An Agreement signed on 11.03.2016 between NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS S.A. and the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering of the Civil Engineering Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The cooperation concerns the possibility of using the results of the European research project “BSB Net-Eco”, related to the monitoring and response of oil spill marine pollution.
Through the Agreement, NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS S.A. and academics will have the opportunity to explore the market dynamics of the project’s results and cooperate further in research and staff training in the field of marine environmental protection.
In the last week of June, large amounts of phytoplankton began to cover almost all the area of the seafront of the Municipality of Thessaloniki due to the deterioration of the natural phenomenon of red tide in the Thermaikos Gulf.
As a result, the outbreak of annoyance and ugly image began to occur, during the summer touristic season.
NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS SA, within the framework of the services it provides for the collection of floating objects and spots, as well as for the dealing with oil pollution and other substances in the Thermaikos Gulf, alongwith the principles of its social and environmental sensitivity, put all its efforts in limiting and tackling the phenomenon, from sea and land.
More specifically, from Monday 26 until Friday 30 June 2017, two anti-pollution boats, working boats, floating dams, skimmers, pumps and various vehicles were used, along with the employment of experienced scientific, technical and auxiliary personnel.
Effective practice to remove the phytoplankton dispersion was, inter alia, the flooding of floating dams from the Concert Hall to the Navy and along Pier 1, so that the accumulated quantity could be stowed and concentrated on specific points, and be removed seamlessly.
The valuable work of the surface cleaning of the Thermaikos Gulf through the special anti-pollution vessel of our company "ALKIPPI", which started in 2007, continues smoothly, thanks to the excellent coordination of the Ministry of Macedonia Thrace and the high social sensitivity that governs companies of our country.
More specifically, on 20th of June, a sponsorship contract for the project was signed by the Hellenic Petroleum s.a., TAP AG, EYATH s.a., ThPA s.a., Helexpo s.a., Macedonia Pallas s.a. and Alumil s.a The signing of the contract was attended by Deputy Minister Mrs.Maria Kollia - Tsaroucha, representatives of the above sponsors and the Chairman & CEO of NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS s.a. Mr. Ilias Orfanidis.
NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS s.a. publicly thanks the Ministry’s leadership as well as the sponsoring companies who took the honor and duty to participate in this effort.