Grounded cargo ship causes oil off Brazilian coast

Published: Mar. 2, 2020 at 12:03 PM CST
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Environmental authorities say a cargo ship grounded off the coast of Brazil has produced a sheen of oil on the sea. They say a thin film of oil extended as far as 830 meters (2,720 feet) from the partially submerged Stellar Banner.

The captain of the ship detected water entering the cargo compartments on Monday and ran the ship aground to prevent it sinking. It was located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) offshore to Sao Luis. Crewmembers were removed from the ship.

The vessel, operated by South Korea-based Polaris Shipping, was carrying 300,000 tons of iron ore destined for Qingdao, China.