Solvent-carrying tanker in trouble off France
A Maltese chemical tanker carrying 6,000 tonnes of solvents was threatening more environmental disaster to France's north-west coast on Friday after a collision with a freighter off the coast of Brittany.
The 120-metre YM Uranus is "taking in large amounts of water" after an apparent collision, authorities said. The 13-member crew was airlifted to safety. The tanker was on its way from Porto Marghera in Italy and Amsterdam.
Initial reports suggest it collided with the Hanjin Richzad, a 191m-freighter.
It took more than three months to clear the spill and over 50,000 birds were killed. Both disasters badly affected the local economy, which relies on fishing.
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