Update on CMA CGM Flrodia Collision: Cleanup completed on freighter fuel oil spill

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After cargo vessels collided on Yangtze River
A team of professionals has cleaned up the fuel oil that spilled at the mouth of the Yangtze River after 2 cargo vessels collided on 19th of March, 2013 the Maritime Safety Administration of Shanghai reported on Monday.
The British freighter ship, CMA CGM FLORIDA, collided with a Panamanian ship about 124 n.m. from the mouth of the Yangtze River at 2:15 a.m., according to a press release from the administration. CMA CGM Florida was carrying 76 containers of hazardous materials and 5,000 tons of fuel oil.
The administration sent 7 ships and a rescue airplane to help the freighter and clean up the fuel spill.
Because the vessel's cargo had the potential to explode, the maritime officials asked the freighter to anchor far from the coast for safety reasons, reported an official surnamed Pan with the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration.
However, the maritime administration had changed its mind after the weather condition shifted and the freighter was in danger of splitting apart. It asked the vessel to sail into Yangshan Port in Shanghai Sunday. Several of its containers had been hit and could have fallen overboard.
The British freighter was expected to dock Tuesday morning so it may unload its cargo and remaining fuel, Pan reported.