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Fuel ship sinks off Tunisia, threatening environmental disaster

Fuel ship sinks off Tunisia, threatening environmental disaster

TAREK AMARA TUNISIAN authorities intensified efforts to avoid an environmental disaster after a merchant fuel ship carrying one thousand tons of fuel sank off the coast of Gabes on Friday, two security sources told Reuters. The Tunisian navy had rescued all seven crew members from the ship, which was heading from Equatorial Guinea to Malta, and sent a distress call seven miles away from the southern city of Gabes, the sources added. The cause of the incident was bad weather, the environment ministry said, adding that water had seeped into the ship, reaching a height of two metres. Authorities were…
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Seven missing after ship sinks off Liberian coast

Seven missing after ship sinks off Liberian coast

AT least seven people are missing after a cargo ship that had been barred from sailing sank off the coast of Liberia, the country's Maritime Commissioner said on Sunday. The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the capital Monrovia on Saturday morning for a port in the country's south, despite being under a Liberia Maritime Authority detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements. The vessel sent out a distress signal that afternoon notifying the coast guard that it had taken on water, Maritime Commissioner Eugene Nagbe told a news conference. By the time authorities arrived, it had already partially sunk.…
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