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Fire on ship in Las Palmas revives oil slick fears
A fire on board a ship docked in Las Palmas triggered fears yesterday of a repeat of the environmental problems caused by a similar incident in the port earlier this year.


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Las Palmas - 28.10.2015 - The fire began below deck late on Monday night on the "Admiral Shabalin", which arrived in Las Palmas last Friday for a change of crew and minor repairs. An all-night effort saw the flames dowsed at just before 7am yesterday but fire teams rushed back to the scene in the afternoon when the flames reignited. The port authorities opted to tow the 120-metre ship a short distance to another zone to allow the fire to be tackled from both land and sea, in the latter case from special water canon tugs. All 55 crew members and a further 20 repair workers had to be evacuated as the blaze took on worrying proportions. As reported here, another Russian ship, the "Oleg Naydenov" was towed out to sea in similar cirumstances back in April when the authorities controversially decided to let an on-board fire burn itself out in the Atlantic rather than risk a major incident in the busy port. The trawler later sank but its tanks leaked large quantities of poil into the sea off Gran Canaria.



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