SWEDEN, 27 OCT 2023: The Swedish Home Defence (Hemvärnet) has mobilized 30 of its troops to assist in the operation underway to clean a big oil contamination that the ferry Marco Polo has caused after it ran aground in the bay of Pukavik, southern Sweden. The Swedish Coast Guard so far has cleard 21 cubic metres of oil, both from the Baltic Sea as well as beaches, but estimates another 300 cubic metres is left in the vessel’s fuel tanks. TT-Lines’ Marco Polo was on its way from Trelleborg to Karlshamn, both on the Swedish south coast, when it hit the ground. None of the 41 passengers and 29 crew were physically hurt. The Swedish Coast Guard has confirmed the vessel went of course, but has not given any detail yet as long as the investigation in the incident continues. The Marco Polo is a roll-on/roll-off ferry with three vehicle decks. It can accommodate up to 215 passengers. Acccording to TT-Lines the Marco Polo was built by the Van der Giessen-De Noord shipyard in the Netherlands and commissioned in April 1993, and used in the Mediterranean. The Remontowa shipyard in Gdańsk rebuilt the vessel in 2019 for use in the Baltic Sea.

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