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Cargo ship spills oil in Fremantle waters

A cargo ship has leaked oil into Fremantle waters, with authorities worried it could take days and hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean.

The alarm was raised at 1am on Saturday at Berth 11 at the north-eastern end of the Inner Harbour with oil spilling out of a Spanish-registered cargo ship.

Specialist teams laid absorbent booms at both ends of the ship to try and trap the heavy leak.

“It came through one of the strainer boxes from the sea chest. So again, where water is sucked into a ship they have a sea chest, and it was in that area,” Deputy Harbour Master David Heppingstone said.

The Fremantle Ports Authority say the clean-up could take a couple of days and are urging the public to stay clear of the spill zone.The Fremantle Ports Authority say the clean-up could take a couple of days and are urging the public to stay clear of the spill zone.
Camera IconThe Fremantle Ports Authority say the clean-up could take a couple of days and are urging the public to stay clear of the spill zone.Picture: 7 News

Mr Heppingstone confirmed the leak had been contained on Saturday afternoon with authorities praising the ship’s crew for their cooperation.

According to 7 News, divers are expected to assess the cargo ship for a second time to make sure no more oil is leaking.

The Fremantle Ports Authority say the clean-up could take a couple of days and are urging the public to stay clear of the spill zone.

“At this stage no there has been no adverse affects on the marine environment,” Mr Heppingstone said.

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