Egypt fines Russian ship for polluting Red Sea

08:57, May 04, 2010      

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The Egyptian government fined on Monday a Russian ship 600,000 Egyptian pounds (around 108,108 U.S. dollars) for the pollution it caused off the Red Sea coast, state- run MENA news agency reported.

The Egyptian Environment Ministry decided to fine the Russian ship after it dumped its oil waste into the Red Sea, causing an oil slick that stretched over 1 km off the coastal city of Ras Ghareb in eastern Egypt.

An Egyptian chopper spotted late in April the vessel which hoisted the flag of Russia while it was dumping oil waste into the sea water.

An Egyptian court has decided to seize the vessel until the fine is paid, the report added. (1 U.S. dollar = 5.55 Egyptian pounds)



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