16 Jan '12, 10pm

Environmental Disaster Looms Over Wrecked Cruise Ship

Environmental Disaster Looms Over Wrecked Cruise Ship

When the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the coast of Italy over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least six passengers, it marked one of the worst incidents involving a luxury vessel in recent memory -- but the full extent of the damage may be yet to come. The ship is said to be loaded with some 2,380 tons of oil which, as the situation progresses, could very likely be spilled into the pristine, ecologically rich waters near the site of the wreck. "This is an ecological timebomb," says Sergio Ortelli, mayor of the small Tuscan island of Giglio, along the rocky shores of which Costa Concordia became lodged. "This is the second worry, after human lives. I hope that the fuel can be taken off the ship soon and maybe the ship can be removed too because it is hampering navigation. We are monitoring constantly but there has been no spill so far." News 24 repo...

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