Oil spill detected as K Line car carrier refloats

The K Line car carrier Makassar Highway, which ran hard aground near the south coast of Sweden early last week, has been refloated and anchored, while part of the oil inside the ship leaked out and spread to nearby land.

According to the Swedish Coast Guard’s update on Sunday, approximately 7,000 liters of oil have so far been recovered by coast guard ships but a small amount of oil has landed at Flatvarp.

The vessel is no longer leaking oil and the salvage contractor will try to empty the oil left in the ship.

The coast guard has now scaled up its efforts to limit the oil spill from the ship and is trying to map the oil spill area by air surveillance.

“We are doing everything we can to prevent further oil from landing. The amount of oil that has leaked out is not yet determined,” said a coast guard official.

The coast guard has set up a surveillance base station at Flatvar’s port area for sanitation and environmental protection in cooperation with other rescue service providers and environmental protection organisations.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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