• Short Summary

    An oil slick two miles (3 kms) long and half a mile (one km) wide has spread out into the Mediterranean sea from the Liberian-registered tanker "Messiniaki Frontis", which ran aground off the coast of the Greek island of Crete last week.

  • Description

    An oil slick two miles (3 kms) long and half a mile (one km) wide has spread out into the Mediterranean sea from the Liberian-registered tanker "Messiniaki Frontis", which ran aground off the coast of the Greek island of Crete last week.

    SYNOPSIS: The tanker was fully laden, but a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine said calm seas were helping keep the slick under control and it is not expected to threaten nearby holiday beaches. The tanker's owners say about six thousand tons of oil had spilled into the sea from a crack in the hull.

    Built in 1977, the "Messiniaki Frontis" ran aground at Kaloi Limenes, southern Crete, where it was scheduled to refuel on its way from the Libyan Jamahiriyah to the Black Sea port of Constanta, in Rumania. According to a company spokesman, the vessel's crew of thirty-two Koreans are still on board and in no danger.

    Anti-pollution experts managed to stop the flow of oil from the tanker on Saturday (3 March) and have been spraying the area with detergents. Smaller tankers are expected to pump out the remainder of the vessel's ninety-five thousand ton cargo of crude oil.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA35P7RXKSE8Q24WT00R1D9T2TY
    Media URN:
    VLVA35P7RXKSE8Q24WT00R1D9T2TY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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