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Two ships collide in Mediterranean near Corsica

Two ships collide in Mediterranean near Corsica

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The collision between the Tunisian and Cypriot ships spilled a trail of pollution stretching 4 kilometres into the water. Italy and France have sent ships to assist with cleanup efforts.
Two cargo ships collided in the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Corsica on Sunday, causing a leak that is most likely fuel, coastal authorities said.
The Ulysse, operated by the Tunisian operator CTN, ran into the Cyprus-based CLS Virgina while it was anchored about 30 kilometres (20 miles) off the northern tip of the island at around 7:30 a.m. local time, the regional naval authority said in a statement.

No one was injured but “the collision caused considerable damage, with an opening several meters long in the CLS Virginia’s hull,” the statement said.
The spill created a trail of pollution 4 kilometres long and several hundred meters wide, heading away from Corsica to the northwest, toward the French and Italian mainland, the statement continued.

Fuel Spill Likely

Officials said they were yet to identify the liquid, but a source close to the inquiry told French news agency AFP it was probably leaking “from one of the fuel tanks.”
The Tunisian ship “was maybe going too fast compared to its ability to react,” the source told AFP.
According to the CTN’s published shipping schedule, the Ulysse was traveling from Genoa in Italy to the Tunisian port at Rades near Tunis.
A tugboat has been sent to the scene and the French navy has also provided a vessel specialised in containing and cleaning up pollution spills.
Italy has also offered its assistance as part of the Ramogepol accord between France, Italy and Monaco to jointly intervene in cases of maritime pollution.



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83 Shipping Containers lost at Sea.

83 Shipping Containers Lost at Sea.


A maritime emergency off the New South Wales coast is continuing, after dozens of containers fell from a cargo ship in rough seas.
There are now questions surrounding how the containers were loaded and whether they were secured properly.




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13 charged as illegal Sydney tobacco import syndicate shut down.

13 charged as illegal Sydney tobacco import syndicate shut down

13 charged over Sydney tobacco import syndicate

13 people have been charged as illegal Sydney tobacco import syndicate shut down.Police have arrested thirteen people, including allegedly corrupt Sydney waterfront officials, as part of an investigation into an illegal tobacco and cocaine importation syndicate.

The syndicate allegedly helped illegally import nine million cigarettes from the United Arab Emirates this month alone.

It is alleged that a number of employees from customs brokerage companies and freight forwarding firms were paid tens of thousands of dollars to create false declarations and shipping documents to enable the importation.

Police say the syndicate has avoided more than $9.1 million in customs duties in respect of 10 million cigarettes and 5.6 tonnes of tobacco since a multi-agency investigation began in August 2014.

About 270 grams of cocaine, with a street value of about $184,000, was also seized during the investigation, and a number of those in the syndicate are also accused of being involved in supplying the drug.

Twelve men and one woman, aged from 21 to 65, were arrested following raids on 17 properties in Sydney’s south and southwest and face various charges, including for fraud and smuggling.

The Australian Federal Police has restrained several personal and business bank accounts, as well as houses owned by those charged, after bringing urgent proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court.

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