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Sweden to empty nearly 300 tons of fuel from ferry that ran aground

A ferry that ran aground last month off southeastern Sweden and started leaking oil into the Baltic Sea arrived Thursday at a Swedish harbor where its tanks will be emptied, Sweden’s coast guard said.

The Marco Polo had been sailing between the cities of Trelleborg and Karlshamn when it ran aground Oct. 22, prompting the evacuation of 75 passengers and crew. The boat started leaking oil that fouled a section of Pukavik Bay, affecting an estimated 500 or more birds.

No new leaks were reported as the ship was towed Thursday in the port of Karlshamm, the coast guard said.

Swedish prosecutors have fined the ship’s captain and an officer on duty at the time of the initial grounding, saying they acted recklessly by relying on a faulty GPS.

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