Mediterranean Crash Sparks Pollution Fears

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A container ship and a ro-ro vessel collided approximately 28km off the coast of Corsica on Sunday morning, according to a statement from the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the Mediterranean.

The collision involved the Ulysse, a Tunisian ship, and the Cyprus-based CLS Virginia, which was anchored north of Cape Corsica.

According to a statement from the Maritime Prefecture, the collision caused a breach in the bunkers of the container ship, which resulted in a pollution ribbon nearly 4km long and a few hundred meters wide.

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Credit: The Maritime Prefecture of the Meditteranean and the Channel 


A statement on 7 October from the Maritime Prefecture said: “This morning around 07:30, the Tunisian ro-ro ship Ulysse collided with the container ship Cypriot CLS Virginia while anchored about 28km north-west of Cape Corsica. 

“None of the two ships reported any injuries. It is the Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) of La Garde which coordinates the operations under the authority of the maritime prefect of the Mediterranean.

“These ships, equipped with dams to concentrate the pollution and “skimmer”, to recover it, began to set up their means (floating dam) and will continue their actions at dawn, October 08. 

“The arrangements for separating the two vessels will be confirmed early in the morning.”

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