Pollution at Sea

Routine Dump
Off Gibraltar

Routine Dump Off Gibraltar

Flight STS-2; 36N, 6.5W, 13 Nov 1981

There is plenty of dumping of waste petroleum products into the deep ocean from ships, but of a greater local concern are routine discharges of waste in coastal waters. Just such an event was observed from the Columbia taking place in the Atlantic west of the Strait of Gibraltar. The rectangular course of a vessel started to the north, the brisk winds blowing the discharge to the south. The end of the apparent routine dump was near the Spanish city of Tarifa, probably the home port of the ship.

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