February 18, 2011 / 10:37 AM / 8 years ago

Oil from grounded ship hits Norwegian coast

OSLO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Oil from an Icelandic container ship that ran aground on Thursday night has come ashore on the coast of southern Norway, Norwegian authorities said Friday.

“It is confirmed that oil has come onshore at Aker Island,” the Norwegian Coast Guards said in a statement. Aker Island is located at the mouth of the Oslo Fjord near the Swedish border.

The size of the spill from the Icelandic ship Godafoss was not immediately known but Norwegian media reports said the leaks were coming from two tanks with a capacity of 250 tonnes each.

Norwegian response crews were struggling to put containment booms around the stricken vessel, local media reported. (Reporting by Oslo newsroom; editing by David Stamp)

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