Monday 11 December 2017

Fears of oil spill in bid to refloat cargo ships

Sam Wiseman Valencia

OFFICIALS in eastern Spain are frantically struggling to free two ships that ran ashore on a stretch of ecologically valuable coastline.

Cargo ships 'Sunrise' and 'Celia' were run aground south of Valencia by powerful winds on September 28.

The ships are carrying 180 metric tons of fuel, and officials are worried about oil and cargo spills. One of the ships is carrying containers and the other massive steel pipes.

Large dredgers arrived yesterday to begin trying to clear a channel to sea.

Just inland is Albufera Natural Park, wetlands used by many migrating birds. Around the rim of the park, farmers cultivate rice used in paella.

Irish Independent

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