Greece: a possible slick of pollution spotted near the burning Italian ferry

The Italian coast guard has spotted a possible slick of pollution that escaped from the burning Italian ferry off the Greek island of Corfu, the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition announced on Saturday.

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The Euroferry Olympia was carrying around 800 m3 of fuel oil and 23 tonnes of “corrosive dangerous products”, the ministry said in a statement, and “a possible slick was spotted” after an aerial overflight carried out by the coast guard, added the Ministry.

The Italian coastguards are already in the area with a boat equipped with pollution control means, he added.

At least twelve people – all Bulgarian, Greek, Lithuanian and Turkish truck drivers – are missing after the violent fire which broke out on board during the night of Thursday to Friday, for a still unknown reason.

The ferry, en route to Brindisi in Italy, officially had 290 people on board, including 51 crew members according to the Italian owner company Grimaldi Lines.

The presence among the rescued of two Afghan migrants raises fears that there are more missing, migrants often embarking clandestinely on ferries linking Greece to Italy.


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