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Rhine sulphuric acid spill threat averted

The Local · 5 Jul 2012, 13:08

Published: 05 Jul 2012 10:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Jul 2012 13:08 GMT+02:00

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"The ship is free again," a spokesman for the Bingen Shipping and Water Authority said.

The operation to free the ship was easier and ran more smoothly than expected, he said.

No spillage of the toxic cargo was reported as the cargo tanks remained intact.

The Dutch tanker Synethese III was carrying its load of sulphuric acid from Ludwigshafen to Antwerp in Belgium when it went off course and ran aground outside the shipping channel near Oberwesel in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The river authority said the ship was double-hulled, meaning there was little danger of it sinking or spilling its toxic cargo into the river.

Shipping between Oberwesel and St. Goar was been suspended following the accident. About 240 tonnes of the cargo was transferred to another vessel before the ship could be freed.

Both ships will now travel to Duisburg for safety checks.

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Your comments about this article

11:17 July 5, 2012 by Floriansamsel
It's good to learn that there is no spilling and that the tanker is double-hulled. If this is true, however, the photo is wrong (?). Looks like a lot of spilling.
11:55 July 5, 2012 by szukalski
Don't know about spilling in the picture, looks more like a beach to me.
14:55 July 5, 2012 by catjones
What is the sound of one ship not sinking?
16:54 July 5, 2012 by taiwanluthiers
Even if it did spill its not going to cause that much damage, the immediate surrounding fish might die but the water will dilute the acid significantly. Also they can dump a bunch of sodium bicarbonate into the water to neutralize the acid anyways. It's not nearly as bad as an oil spill where its much worse and harder to clean up.
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