Emergency contact Equipment

Oil Spill - CSL Virginia / Ulysse - 2018

October 7th, 2018

The vessel Ulysse collided with containership CSL Virginia off Corsica, France (see data from CEDRE). 

October 16th, 2018

First impact of the oil spill on the Pampelonne Beach, Ramatuelle, France. The Polmar Land Plan is implemented and the first collection operations are organized by civil protection, municipalities' agents, fire-brigade etc...

October 17th, 2018

Our company was once again commissioned by ITOPF (technical expertise for tanker owners and P&I insurers) to organize the clean-up operations of the shoreline of the Var and Bouches du Rhône departments (France). Assessment and shoreline surveys were carried out during the first days in collaboration with ITOPF and CEDRE in the aim to set-up a clean-up action plan. 

Intervention areas

 - Var department :

Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Hyères/Porquerolles,

La Croix Valmer, Cogolin, Grimaud, Saint-Mandrier, Cavalaire, Gassin

 - Bouches du Rhônes department :

Carry-le-Rouët, Ensues-la-Redonne, Frioul, Martigues,

Sausset-les-Pins, Marseille


Our intervention in illustrations...

The impacted areas were very varied (sand areas, rocky coves, pebble beaches, dikes, pedestrian zones, docks etc.) and our team had to adapt to many difficulties such as protected species (seaweeds, vegetation), ecologically sensitive sites, impacted posidonias, debris and macro-waste, presence of old pollution etc...

We also had to adapt our cleaning techniques (sorting, manual / mechanical recovery in surface and in depth, scrapping, high pressure and mechanical cleaning etc.) to the different types and characteristics of the pollution encountered (pellets, tar balls, oil patties, patches, oil cakes etc.) with the elementary environmental precautions needed for operations of this nature.  

Before / After

Pampelonne, Ramatuelle

L'Escalet / Quessine, Ramatuelle

Cap Camarat, Ramatuelle

Cap Canadel / Cap Taillat, Ramatuelle

Cap Lardier, La Croix-Valmer

Bonne Terrasse, Ramatuelle

Capon / Pinet, Saint-Tropez

Centre-Ville de Saint-Tropez


Mobile interventions

Waste transfer by helicopter




Plage de Bonporteau / Crique du Dattier, Cavalaire

Bouches du Rhône



All the team of de Le Floch Dépollution would like to thank our partners for their support during this incredible operation : 

ITOPF (Annabelle NICOLAS-KOPEC, Pauline MARCHAND and Franck LARUELLE) as well as the insurers MC LEANS (Matthieu LEROUX and Philippe GAROT) and BUDD PNI (Jean-Pierre PERRILLAT) to grant us their trust to carry out the cleanup operation

The city of  Ramatuelle for welcoming us and facilitating our installation :

Prefecture of Var :

DDTM - Var :

The mayors of Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, La Croix-Valmer, Hyères, Cogolin, Grimaud, Cavalaire, Le Rayol-Canadel, Saint-Mandrier, Gassin, Carry le Rouet, Ensuès-la-Redonne, Marseille, La Seyne sur Mer, Sausset-les-Pins and Martigues.

The CEDRE for their support, Florence PONCET et Ivan CALVEZ

DDTM - Bouches du Rhône, Audrey BERREBHA et Léa DALLE


The Conservatoire du Littoral PACA, François FOUCHIER, Sophie SEJALON, Philippe GONDOLO, André MARTINEZ and Raymond VIALLA.

The Parc National de Port Cros, Marc DUNCOMBE and Etienne BAUDIN

The hotel la Ferme d’Augustin and the restaurant Le Migon (Ramatuelle), for welcoming us during this operation.

And above all, all our temp workers for the wonderful work they accomplished. They were confronted to difficult conditions and we would like to thank them for their motivation.