Third oil slick discovered after cargo ship sinks off French coast
March 16 2019 07:33 PM
Grande America
Cargo vessel Grande America was travelling from Hamburg to Casablanca when a violent blaze broke out on board on Sunday.

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French authorities are examining a third oil slick where the Grande America, an Italian cargo vessel travelling from Germany to Morocco, sank in the Atlantic west of France earlier this week.
 Stephane Doll, the head of anti-marine pollution agency Cedre, said on Saturday that the oil slick is located where the ship sank. Its discovery on Friday suggests that oil continues to leak from the sunken vessel. Following the sinking of the Grande America in the Bay of Biscay on Tuesday, two oil slicks with a combined surface area larger than that of New York City's Manhattan borough have been drifting eastward towards the French coast.
The oil originated from the Grande America's fuel tanks. Loaded with 365 containers and 2,000 vehicles, the cargo vessel was travelling from Hamburg to Casablanca when a violent blaze broke out on board on Sunday. Its 26 sailors and sole passenger were forced to abandon ship and were rescued by a British naval vessel.



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