Environmental disaster off Dutch coast averted

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A Greek tanker carrying kerosine sustained a leak after a collision off the Dutch coast, but it appears the spillage is minimal.

Before sunrise on Tuesday morning the Greek ship was rammed by a Cypriot container carrier in an anchoring zone 30 kms west of Scheveningen Harbour. The cause of the accident remains unclear. No-one was injured.

Through a gaping 5 by 6 metre hole in the Greek's hull some kerosine escaped, which evaporated quickly. A major disaster was prevented by the crew who pumped most of the contents of the damaged compartment into another tank on the ship.

Dutch coastguards told reporters that the environment is not at risk. No kerosine leakage was observed two hours after the crash.

The Cypriot container ship was also damaged, but the shipping authorities judged it safe to allow the vessel to sail on to Rotterdam.

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