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Bunker spill in Croatian port

Bunker spill in Croatian port
There has been a bunker spill in the Croatian port of Split. Reports say 33 metric tonnes (mt) of distillate fuel leaked into the water after the ferry Tin Ujevic collided with a pier during docking.

Bunker spill in Croatian port

There has been a bunker spill in the Croatian port of Split.

Reports say 33 metric tonnes (mt) of distillate fuel leaked into the water after the ferry Tin Ujevic collided with a pier during docking.

The Croatian ministry of transport said the accident happened on Monday and that teams using absorbent booms and dispersant chemicals had been tackling the spill.

A senior government official, speaking on Tuesday, said 40% of the oil had already evaporated.

The 98-metre-long ferry, run by the Croatia ferry company Jadrolinija Rijeka, was on its regular Stari Grad-Split route when the accident happened.

A local news service said the ferry had been left with a hole in its side measuring three metres by three metres.

It said the port authorities in Split were questioning all 12 members of the crew.

It quoted unofficial reports as saying one of the engines stalled, preventing the ship from slowing down as it approach the pier.

www.turkishmaritime.com.tr

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