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Fuel leaks after ship collision in Mediterranean

Two vessels under Cypriot and Tunisian flags ran into each other nor far from Corsica
12:14, 8 October 2018

Associated Press

A ship collision took place in the Mediterranean, which resulted in the fuel leakage, Reuters reported.

'A Tunisian and a Cypriot ship collided with each other on Sunday in the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Corsica', the message says.

MSN added that 'The Ulysse, operated by the Tunisian operator CTN, ran into the Cyprus-based CLS Virgina while it was anchored about 30 kilometres (20 miles) off the northern tip of the island at around 7:30 a.m. local time, the regional naval authority said in a statement. No one was injured but 'the collision caused considerable damage, with an opening several meters long in the CLS Virginia's hull,' the statement said. The spill created a trail of pollution 4 kilometres long and several hundred meters wide, heading away from Corsica to the northwest, toward the French and Italian mainland'. 

No casualties were reported in the accident.

France, Italy and Monaco joined efforts to cope with the consequences of the disaster.

'Officials said they were yet to identify the liquid, but a source close to the inquiry told French news agency AFP it was probably leaking "from one of the fuel tanks." The Tunisian ship "was maybe going too fast compared to its ability to react," the source told AFP', MSN wrote.

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