Ship Runs Aground in Nature Reserve

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The Rhodanua, a cargo ship, has run aground in a marine reserve in the Strait of Bonaficio off the island of Corsica on October 13, 2019, according to AFP.

The reports so far suggest that, despite the ship running aground, there has been no oil spill and there are no immediate threats to the environment and nor are any of the seven crew members inured.

The vessel was reportedly carrying 1,650 tonnes of steel coils when it ran into trouble in the Mouths of Bonifacio nature reserve in the early morning after missing an opening in the strait.

Maritime police said the captain “did not turn in time and headed straight for the coast despite repeated calls” for nearly an hour from traffic controllers in Corsica and nearby Sardinia.

As of today the ship is stuck in the middle of the islands of the Natural Reserve of the Mouths of Bonifacio in a protected area that its director Jean-Michel Culioli, described as “environmentally very sensitive”.

The Mouths of Bonifacio stretches over 80,000 hectares, is the largest in mainland France is popular with scuba divers, with several small island in the strait separating French Corsica from Italian Sardinia.

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