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Tanker grounded on River Göta

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A tanker containing 2,800 tonnes of diesel that became grounded in the River Göta in Trollhättan, north-east of Gothenburg, on Saturday morning, was floated again on Saturday afternoon.

The 90-metre ship, Stoc Petra, had been blocking all traffic on the busy river. After the ship was floated and moved to the quayside, divers checked the vessel for leaks, but found no serious damage.

"There were scratches, as you might expect, but nothing else," said Johan Dicksved at the Stoc Tankers shipping company, which owns the vessel.

The ship, which was on its way to Karlstad, has a crew of eleven. The ship's engine lost power soon after it passed the Trollhättan railway bridge.

"The machinery stopped working, the ship became impossible to manoeuvre and she became grounded," said Johan Dicksved at the Stoc Tankers shipping company, which owns the ship.

Stoc Petrea hit the eastern side of the canal on its starboard side and turned so that it was positioned across the river, blocking traffic.

Boats being blocked by the Stoc Petrea were forced to wait.

"It is principally affecting two ships that were heading south," said Susanna Sandgren, pilot on the river, on Saturday morning.

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