French Navy takes cargo from ship aground on Clipperton Island

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Posted by on March 04, 2010 at 11:02:55:

In Reply to: Xylene Tanker runs aground on Clipperton Island posted by on March 01, 2010 at 17:16:11:

The French Navy has begun removing cargo from a ship that ran aground in the Pacific atoll of Clipperton Island earlier this month.

The Maltese chemical tanker "Sichem Osprey" was carrying crates of soy sauce and animal oil as well as 10-thousand tonnes of toxic xylene from Panama to South Korea.

Several attempts to tow the vessel off the uninhabited island about 1,000 kilometers south-west of Mexico have failed and environmentalists have raised concerns about the risk to the Island's unique Angelfish.

However, Captain Bertrand Mopin, the commander of the French Polynesian maritime zone who is in charge of the mission, says so far there has been no leak from the vessel

"For the moment there is no external pollution because the vessel is safe. this is a very modern unit from 2009 that means its a vessel with a double hull and we have no accidents regarding the environmental issues."

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