Damaged ship to split and sink off Gibraltar

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22 August 2007, MADRID - A ship damaged in a collision off Gibraltar was expected to split in two and sink, sending its cargo of 27,000 tons of scrap metal to the bottom of the sea, officials from the British colony said Wednesday.

22 August 2007

MADRID -  A ship damaged in a collision off Gibraltar was expected to split in two and sink, sending its cargo of 27,000 tons of scrap metal to the bottom of the sea, officials from the British colony said Wednesday.

"The ship is going to break in two in a matter of hours or days," Gibraltar's Port Affairs minister John Holiday told Spain's Cadena SER radio. He said Gibraltar had "the adequate logistics in place" to cope with whatever happened.

Holiday said the cargo would sink, but a Gibraltar government statement said the part of the ship containing some 500 tons of fuel was expected to remain afloat and would be towed to safety.

The Panamanian-flagged cargo ship, the New Flame has been partly submerged since it ran into a Danish tanker carrying 37,000 tons of unleaded gasoline on Aug. 12. The oil tanker was able to continue to the Spanish port of Algeciras.

Gibraltar, whose sovereignty is disputed by Madrid, lies at the southern tip of Spain.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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