Motril to improve safety measures at port

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AFTER the fire in Motril Port last week, safety measures are to be improved in the area.

More than 6,000 tonnes of biomass which were stacked at the inner harbour caught fire and caused damage totalling €500,000.

Head of Motril Port Authorities, Francisco Alvarez de la Chica, explained that the new safety measurements would include the placement of new thermal cameras which can observe and control the temperature of stockpiled biomass.

Other safety measures would include limiting how long this sort of material stays in the inner harbour and establish protocols to improve the response of safety workers in case of fire.

The investigation, which is still being conducted, showed that the blaze was caused due to auto combustion of a pile of biomass, which then affected another one nearby.

The flames were fanned by strong winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

The fire was controlled but took around six days to be completely extinguished.

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