In Gibraltar, efforts are being made to remove the fuel leaking from the crashed ship – World – News

Gibraltar authorities on Friday sought to minimize environmental pollution around a cargo ship that collided with an oil tanker earlier this week. TASR received the report from Reuters on Friday.

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Tugs are trying to contain the spilled fuel from the cargo ship OS 35, which collided with an oil tanker in the Bay of Gibraltar.

Authorities said a significant amount of fuel leaked from the ship on Thursday, and conservationists fear environmental damage.

According to the Gibraltar government, 250 tons of diesel had been removed by Friday afternoon. Subsequently, they began removing another 215 tons of fuel. The Prime Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, expressed concern because this fuel causes the most pollution around the ship.

On Monday, the ship OS 35 collided with a tanker transporting liquefied natural gas. No one was injured in the collision and the ship continued sailing despite the damage. However, the captain later reported that he was taking on water and requested repairs to the damaged hull. On Wednesday, the ship broke in two and part of the fuel began to leak into the sea. The captain of the ship was arrested, writes the BBC on its website.

Beaches on the coast of Spain and Gibraltar in the vicinity of the accident issued a warning and prohibited swimming. Gibraltar NGOs have been searching for animals threatened by the fuel spill.

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