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gibfocus - 12th August 2007
(2007-08-12 11:51:00 )UPDATE - Cargo ship can be salvaged but is in environmental interest zone
The two vessels involved in a collision at Europa Point this morning have been named as a Panamanian cargo ship ‘New Flame’
and Danish petrol tanker ‘Torn Gertrude’
Maritime experts spoken to by gibfocus at Europa Point following the collision have expressed the belief that the vessel can be salvaged due to the fact that it is stable and touching the sea bed. They have also commented that it is likely that the ship’s fuel can be extracted.
The cargo ship’s tanks are believed to be full having received bunkers before leaving Gibraltar earlier.
Full emergency contingency plans have been put in place now by the Spanish authorities to help in the operation to prevent the ship from sinking.
Eric Shaw from the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society has been at the scene this morning, and has expressed concern in regards to the environmental impact of the incident which is in an environmental interest zone.
He has also questioned why it seemed that no-one was able to control the traffic in the Bay to avoid the collision. This follows reports that the vessel had just left Gibraltar while the petrol tanker it collided with was heading towards Algeciras.