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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ship leaking oil after storm rescue

A stricken cargo ship which ran aground in rough seas, sparking the rescue of seven crew members, has leaked a "quantity" of oil into surrounding waters, according to the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The main fuel supply for the boat, which hit rocks near Colwyn Bay in North Wales on Tuesday night, is still thought to be intact but oil which was in use at the time has seeped out of the 82-metre long vessel.

Salvage and counter pollution experts for the MCA are working to remove the 40,000 litres of fuel from the ship.

An MCA spokeswoman said: "The cargo ship Carrier, which ran aground at 8.15 last night at Raynes Jetty in Llanddulas remains hard aground in the same location with damage to its starboard side. A quantity of marine gas oil has leaked from the vessel.

"The Carrier has been holed in three places on the starboard side. It's reported that the port side, where the fuel tank is located, is intact. Officers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's counter pollution and salvage branch are working with all agencies on plans to remove the fuel as soon as possible." Read More