Ship suspected of polluting French waters

7th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

BREST, France, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - A Lithuanian cargo ship trailing a 37-kilometre (23-mile) oil slick behind it was ordered to dock Wednesday at a French port on suspicion of wilful pollution, officials said.

BREST, France, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - A Lithuanian cargo ship trailing a 37-kilometre (23-mile) oil slick behind it was ordered to dock Wednesday at a French port on suspicion of wilful pollution, officials said. 

The Vytautas, carrying timber from Sweden to Greece, was spotted Tuesday by a French military plane in France's territorial waters off the coast of the northwestern Brittany region and ordered to dock at the port of Brest.

The ship's captain will appear in court here on a date as yet to be decided to explain how the oil spill came about, the public prosecutor's office in Brest said.

The office ordered the payment by the ship's owners of a bond of 400,000 euros (540,000 dollars) before the vessel will be allowed to continue its journey.

France's marine gendarmes were due to investigate whether the ship's crew had intentionally caused the oil spill, which was 50 metres (165 feet) wide, officials said here. 


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