The patrol boat ‘Tarifa’ recovers 72 drums of fuel drifting 15 miles from the Cabo de Palos Marine Reserve

The patrol boat 'Tarifa' recovers 72 drums of fuel drifting 15 miles from the Cabo de Palos Marine Reserve
Image of the drums, on board the patrol vessel – ARMADA

The offshore patrol boat ‘Tarifa’, which is based in Cartagena (Murcia) and is carrying out the bluefin tuna campaign in Mediterranean waters, recovered 72 drums of fuel that were drifting close to its position, 15 miles from the Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve, on the morning of Friday 16 June.

The origin of the drums is unknown and when their contents were confirmed, the State Security Forces and Corps were alerted in case it could be related to suspicious immigration or drug trafficking activity in the area, according to sources from the Navy in a communiqué.

The ship ‘Tarifa’ is based in Cartagena and is part of the Maritime Action Force (FAM) which, within the Fleet, is made up of a group of units whose main task is to prepare to protect national maritime interests and control maritime areas of national sovereignty and interest, taking charge, with a comprehensive approach, of ensuring permanent cooperation with the various government agencies with powers in the maritime sphere, which is the Navy’s contribution to the State’s action at sea.

Its main mission is the surveillance, inspection and support of the fishing fleet in international fisheries and in the national fishing grounds. It belongs to the ‘Chilreu’ class of patrol vessels and was built at the Construcciones Navales P. Freire shipyard in Vigo, and launched on 11 November 2003.

The characteristics of the vessel allow it to carry out the tasks of control of the maritime space through which it transits and to provide assistance at sea to the fishing fleet, being able to carry out medical support, helicopter evacuations, mechanical repairs and even support with divers if necessary. It is also capable of participating in search and rescue operations, pollution control and can serve as a platform for special operations.



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