France: Gasoline tanker collides; no damage reported

October 9, 2010 02:17

BREST, France — A chemical tanker carrying thousands of tons of a gasoline product was towed toward France's northwestern coast Friday after it collided with another ship, the boat's manager and maritime officials said.

There was no visible pollution in the water surrounding the 120-meter (131-yard) ship, which was built in 2008 and was sailing under a Maltese flag, said the Atlantic maritime prefecture in the French city of Brest.

The 13 crew members of the YM Uranus were unharmed and were evacuated by helicopter to a nearby air base.

The boat took on some water, but the inflow has stopped, and the cargo tanks — carrying a specialist gasoline product called heavy pygas — were not breached, international ship manager V. Ships said, confirming that there had been no pollution of the waters.

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