"If the sea is blue... is also thanks to the yellow fleet"


Since 1986, on the basis of an agreement with the Administration (today Environment Ministry) has been providing emergency antipollution services for the safeguarding of Italian seas and coasts, with a fleet consisting of coasting and oceangoing vessels deployed in Italy in major ports and in the vicinity of the most sensitive areas of the sea from the environmental point of view. The oceangoing vessels are endowed with high oil recovery capacity, and equipped with technologically advanced apparatus for the recovery of pollutants, remediation of marine areas, and operations to respond to fires, to tow vessels involved in accidents to safety, and to prevent pollution. The coasting vessels operate within 20 miles from the coast and can work in relatively narrow, shallow areas of sea; they are equipped for remediation of the coasts. Castalia is structured with a National Operating Centre in Roma in connection with the Environment Ministry, and peripheral facilities situated in ports for Maritime Management, as well as eight supply depots holding specialist equipment. Since 2015 it has been performing daily patrols service for the oil rigs in the Adriatic Sea and the Strait of Sicily.



  • 9 Offshore Vessels
  • 27 Coastal Vessels


  • 1 Centre for Coordination with Rome headquarters
  • 15 Peripheral Centres in the major Italian ports
  • 8 supply depots


OIL SPILL DETECTION The oceangoing vessels are equipped with RADAR systems dedicated to OIL SPILL DETECTION, able to detect and follow oil pollution even by night and with poor visibility.


FLEET TRACKING SISTEM All the vessels of the fleet are equipped with satellite systems enabling real-time monitoring of the activities.


MODELLO DI SIMULAZIONE A mathematical model simulating and forecasting shifts of oil slicks on the surface of the sea.

APRIL 2014 – port of SIRACUSA – oil spill from a pontoon of migrants – environment Ministry

Containment of a spill of oil product deploying inflatable booms around the pontoon and absorbent booms within the vessel. Lighting operation on oil mixtures. >>

APRIL 2014 – ELBA Island (POMONTE) – sinking of a fishing vessel – environment Ministry

The vessel JERZY intervenes for containment and remediation of the area of seawater deploying absorbent booms. >>

October 2013 – strait of Bonifacio – International exercise “Ramogepol 2013”

October 2013 saw the international exercise Ramogepol 2013 held in the Strait of Bonifacio. It was organised by France on the basis of an agreement drawn up between France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco. Coordinated by the French Maritime Prefecture in collaboration with the Italian Environment Ministry, with the participation of Spanish vessels, the exercise was designed to respond… >>

August 2013 – Civitavecchia – antipollution demonstration with the environment ministry

On 9 August 2013 and antipollution demonstration was held in the waters of Civitavecchia in the presence of the Environment Minister, the Right Honourable Andrea Orlando, and the media. The characteristics and potential of the facility dedicated to emergency services and protection of the sea. Participating in the exercise were the vessels TIRRENO, ECOGIGLIO and IEVOLECO, simulating pollution control and… >>

July 2013 – PUNTA DELLA FICA (CAPRAIA island) – grounding of the fishing vessel “GIUSEPPE TESTA” – environment Ministry

July 2013 – port of SALERNO – fuel oil spill from the ferry M/T EUROFERRY BRINDISI DURING BUNKERING OPERATIONS – ATLANTICA DI NAVIGAZIONE The vessel SAN GIACOMO carries out containment and remediation with inflatable and absorbent booms within and outside the port dockyard. Recovery of 274 m3 of oil mixtures. >>

June 2013 – off the coast of ANCONA – fire M/V NAZO-S FLYING TURKISH FLAG – environment Ministry

Rescue operation on the vessel ESINO, with antipollution assistance and towing of the vessel with fire aboard to the port Ortona. >>

January 2013 – CAMPO ROSPO MARE Rig, TERMOLI (CAMPOBASSO) – oil spill from M/C “ALBA MARINA” – environment Ministry

Response by the vessel FORTITUDO for patrol activities to prevent pollution of the waters surrounding the Campo Rospo Mare rig off Termoli >>

 December 2012 SAN DOMENICO canal, CHIOGGIA (Venice) – oil pollution – environment Ministry

The vessel ECOLAGUNA 4 carries out remediation and containment with absorbent booms. >>

October 2012 – Port of OTRANTO (LECCE) – oil pollution of unknown origin – environment Ministry

Remediation of port waters deploying absorbent booms. >>

Civitavecchia – November 2014 – Marine Antipollution Training Course

In November 2014 Civitavecchia saw the second round of the training course on the subject of “Surveying and fighting marine pollution from oil and other hazardous substances”. Held in Civitavecchia, it was promoted by the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea, and organised by Castalia for the benefit of Officers of Harbour Offices working… >>