Here is a disturbing news report from ‘The Local’ dated July 16, 12:31 CET which says
- two barges collided in the Elbe River near Altengamme and 400 tonnes of diesel fuel oil spilled into the river
- four of eight fuel tanks of 82 metre barge Undine are severely damaged
- floating oil barriers are laid to contain the 10 km long oil slick
- investigations are going on with both the captains
- environmental damages are to be assessed
Read more from The Local.
Update: July 19
Here is the reason for the spill – The anchor of the 95-metre river freighter, the Aldebaran, ripped open four fuel tanks of the barge Undine when the vessels tried to pass on the busy waterway. Read more from Sustainable Shipping.
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