Limassol Municipality on Tuesday announced it has renewed cooperation with a company to carry out sea patrols as part of efforts to tackle pollution in the Limassol bay area.
Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides and General Manager of VTS Vasiliko Terminal Services Yiannos Lakkotropis signed the renewal of the cooperation between VTS and VSS EPE Environmental Protection Services for May to September.
The agreement concerns services by two vessels and specialised personnel in matters of marine pollution.
One vessel will patrol the sea area between the boundary of the bathers’ area and the Limassol port’s anchorage and the second vessel will be on a wheeled vehicle that will patrol the coastal road and intervene to tackle any pollution spots within the bathers’ area.
Sea and land patrols were introduced last year by the municipality following incidents of heavy sea pollution in some areas in Limassol and many complaints by bathers, locals and tourists.
Nicolaides said last September that cruise ships and yachts dumping their waste in the sea off Limassol significantly contributed to sea pollution and that tackling the issue was one of his municipality’s highest priorities.
Conditions had improved in 2018 compared to previous years because the competent departments cooperated successfully while the services of experts in marine pollution monitoring were used, he had said.
A study by the University of Technology (Tepak) last year showed the Limassol port’s anchorage as the main source of pollution along the city’s coastline.
The findings were based on the results of laboratory testing of samples collected. To a lesser extent, fish farms south of the Limassol port were also found to discharge polluting substances like fats and oils, but these were considered of secondary importance.
Other minor polluters identified, the study said, were the Limassol port and marina.