Why you don’t need to worry about this black slick in Felixstowe harbour – port explains
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Pictures have emerged of a murky substance, confirmed to be a “molasses wash”, flowing from the Felixstowe quayside towards the Orwell River.
The pictures, taken from a light aircraft at around midday on Saturday, September 15, show a murky substance spreading over a wide area against the clear waters of the harbour.
It appears most concentrated close to the quayside, and spreads upstream towards the Orwell River.
An anonymous source said: “[The pictures] seem to show pollution / discharge. It might not be that at all. I don’t know.”
However a spokesman for the Port of Felixstowe said that the brown slick is, in fact, an entirely natural product – and nothing to worry about.
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It has washed upstream from a yeast factory on Dock Road, and consists of molasses – like a black treacle.
The spokesman said: “We can confirm that the plume on the photograph is a legally permitted discharge from Lallemand, the yeast factory situated at the entrance to the docks.
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“During tank cleansing works, the washwater is discharged to the river. The discharge has been operational for many years and is controlled by the Environment Agency.
“The molasses wash is a natural product and a food source for the local ecosystem.”
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