Evacuation in Hamburg beforesalvage of chemical-laden tanker

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1 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Work to salvage a tanker which capsized with a cargo of sulphuric acid began Thursday in the port of Hamburg, with authorities ordering the evacuation in a one-kilometre radius around the site as a safety precaution. Hamburg city officials and members of the company involved got together to discuss the next moves in salvaging the "ENA 2", which capsized with 500,000 litres of sulphuric acid after colliding with a container ship. A spokesman for the fire department said it was expect

1 July 2004

HAMBURG - Work to salvage a tanker which capsized with a cargo of sulphuric acid began Thursday in the port of Hamburg, with authorities ordering the evacuation in a one-kilometre radius around the site as a safety precaution.

Hamburg city officials and members of the company involved got together to discuss the next moves in salvaging the "ENA 2", which capsized with 500,000 litres of sulphuric acid after colliding with a container ship.

A spokesman for the fire department said it was expected that the salvage work would get underway soon. Evacuation measures in a one- kilometre radius had been initiated.

On Wednesday, Hamburg port authorities said there was no danger of pollution from the capsized vessel.

Police meanwhile said blood tests proved the captain had been drunk, with his blood-alcohol level well over the legal limit at the time of the collision Monday on the Elbe river.

The container freighter suffered no damage when the ENA 2 rammed it. The chemical tanker managed to reach its pier under its own power, where it slowly settled and capsized.

DPA

Subject: German news

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