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Australia sends help to Solomon Islands as grounded Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship leaks oil

by Reuters 15 Mar 09:44 UTC
The oil spill from the MV Solomon Trader along the coastline of Rennell Island. © AFP

Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia's foreign minister said on Sunday.

At least 75 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has spilled from Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader since Cyclone Oma drove it onto a reef at Rennell Island on February 5.

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