Diesel spill in Arnhem port

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Rijkswaterstaat, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, has been busy all day cleaning up an oil spill in the Nieuwe Haven in Arnhem. By a cause, yet unknown, about 2,650 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the water.Rijkswaterstaat expects to be able to open parts of the port back up for ships in the course of the afternoon. For now a patrol vessel is stationed in front of the port to keep ships out and to prevent the spill from spreading into the Rijn.

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Rijkswaterstaat commissioned an investigation into the cause of the spill. The spill could be due to an illegal discharge of diesel.

The offender, if found, will have to bear the costs of the cleanup, running into tens of thousands of euros. The fuel has a value of 15,000 to 20,000 euros.