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Possible source of oil leak found

27 June 2011

A source of oil leaking into the Port River and a possible source of reports received over the last fortnight has been found following an aerial investigation.

A sunken vessel was discovered leaking some diesel during a helicopter fly-over of the Port River by the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) on 23 June.

In response, a boom has been placed above the sunken vessel and the department is working with the owner to recover it, DTEI's Trent Rusby said.

"The owner wasn’t aware that there was any pollution leaking from the sunken vessel," he said.

"It was considered to be a clean vessel at the time that it sunk, however aerial observations have shown that there has been some oil-based product within the hull that has been slowly seeping out.

"We're now working with the owner to remove the source of the pollution and recover the vessel as soon as possible."

Oil spills can be reported 24 hours a day by calling 8248 3505 or VHF Radio Channel 12.

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