Oil spills in Uruguay territorial waters

June 5th, 2008 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Montevideo (Uruguay) June 5 (IANS) A collision between two cargo ships near the Uruguayan port of Montevideo caused a 20 km long oil spill, the coast guard said, EFE reported Thursday. The incident occurred around 10.30 p.m. Tuesday when the Greek-flagged Syros freighter collided with the Maltese vessel Sea Beard, which was anchored to the east of the port of Montevideo and bound for nearby Buenos Aires.

A breach in the fuel tanks of the Maltese ship caused the spill, according to coast guard spokesmen, who said the crewmembers of the two vessels involved in the collision, but no injuries were repoted.

The Uruguayan coast guard is monitoring the fuel spill - which is being contained by using special barriers.

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