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Fuel leaks into harbour

30 Apr 2013

About 500 litres of diesel fuel was spilt across Harbour Esplanade last month, with some of the fuel making its way into the harbour.

According to a spokesperson from the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB), the fuel spill happened when a trucks’ fuel tank was pierced as it travelled along Harbour Esplanade at around 1pm on April 21.   

The Environmental Protection Agency and MFB, MFB fireboat and City of Melbourne attended the scene to assist in the clean-up. Transpacific also attended to clean out the drain system.

Docklands charter boat operator Jeff Gordon said the area of the harbour in front of Cow Up a Tree was full of diesel.

“We had a wedding onboard and anyone who went outside was overwhelmed with the smell of the fuel,” Mr Gordon said.

According to Mr Gordon, it’s not the first time diesel fuel has leaked into the harbour.

He said trucks shouldn’t be allowed to travel down Harbour Esplanade because it wasn’t designed to accommodate them.

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