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Sulphuric acid leak in Borås

The area around an industrial estate in Borås was sealed off on Friday morning after 1,000 litres of sulphuric acid leaked from the premises of Brandsta Nordic Chemical company. a acid was disocvered in in Borås on Friday morning.

An area with a radius of 50 metres around the factory buildings on the Viared industrial estate was sealed off.

The area was thoroughly cleaned on Friday morning with chalk to stabilise the acid, which was then flushed in to tanks inside the factory. The closest residential area was only one kilometre away from the site but according to the police and rescue services the leak did not pose any threat to people in the immediate area.

ACCIDENT

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.

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