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Costa Concordia spills oil, probably from machine room

Environmental agency says oil spill poses no threat

Costa Concordia spills oil, probably from machine room

Florence, November 13 - Analysis of an oily substance that spilled from the remains of the Costa Concordia cruise liner on November 2 corroborates the notion that oil leaked from its machine room, the Tuscan environmental agency ARPAT announced on Tuesday. The Costa Concordia ran aground on a Tuscan island reef last January, causing the evacuation of over 4,000 passengers and crew members, and the deaths of 32. The recent oil leak continued for a number of days to a lesser degree before stopping on its own, ARPAT's statement said. The oil never posed a serious environmental threat, as it was aspirated from around the ship and never drifted beyond its immediate perimeter, the agency added. "Presumably it is a combustible and/or lubricant coming from the machine room of the ship, having leaked after a heavy storm," ARPAT wrote, noting that the chemical composition was similar to, but not identical with, samples of heavy hydrocarbons taken from the ship before its tanks were emptied.

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