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Oil spills after ships collide

OIL spilled at the mouth of the Yangtze River in Shanghai after two foreign cargo ships collided early yesterday, local maritime administration said.

About 674 cubic meters of fuel from a British registered container ship, CMA CGM FLORIDA, spilled into the waters stretching 124 marine miles, officials said.

Rescue and maritime ships were still evaluating the leaks and possible pollution caused by the spill late yesterday.

The British ship collided with a Panama-registered vessel "Zhoushan" early in the morning yesterday with the FLORIDA reporting that water had flooded one of its cabins.

Some containers on the British ship were damaged or dislocated from the impact of the collision but the dangerous goods were safe, maritime officials said.

There was no reports of any injuries so far.


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