Stricken tanker freed off Denmark

A tanker carrying 35,000 tons of diesel fuel that ran aground off Denmark last week was finally pulled free today.

A tanker carrying 35,000 tons of diesel fuel that ran aground off Denmark last week was finally pulled free today.

There were no signs the 22-year-old Bahamas-registered Acushnet had leaked any of its cargo.

The vessel ran aground on Friday east of Samsoe island in the Kattegat sea, between Denmark’s Jutland peninsula and southern Sweden.

The first attempts to pull it free on Sunday failed after 1,700 tons of its diesel was transferred to a smaller barge. A further 3,000 tons were removed last night.

A pair of Danish navy vessels, including an environmental protection ship, were monitoring the operations and no leaks were reported.

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