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Chemical leak ship made safe by sea rescue team

SHANGHAI maritime authorities said yesterday that a freighter that leaked almost 600 liters of peroxide while sailing between Shanghai and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province on Friday had been made safe.

The chemical leaked in the ship and did pollute the sea, officials said.

Authorities received a report just after 4pm on Friday that two containers of dangerous goods on the freighter Hongcai were found leaking, said the Shanghai sea rescue authority.

Officials said Hongcai was en route from Ningbo to Shanghai and was expected to arrive in town at midnight. Nearly 37 tons of liquid peroxide was in the two leaking containers.

The Shanghai sea rescue crew instructed the Hongcai to anchor at the mouth of Yangtze River at around 12:30am yesterday.

At 9am two rescue ships were sent to escort the vessel toward Waigaoqiao port in the Pudong New Area.

At 3pm yesterday, the three ships arrived at Waigaoqiao.

An hour later, the leaking containers were removed and taken away under an escort provided by the fire department, officials said.


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