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Norway's only marine reserve hit by oil spill

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Norway's only marine reserve hit by oil spill

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Authorities in Norway on Friday struggled to contain an oil spill after an Icelandic cargo ship ran aground in the country’s only marine reserve.

Officials say the ship is leaking from both sides and some oil has already reached the shore.

The Godafoss hit rocks on Thursday night near the Ytre Hvaler marine park as it travelled from Fredrikstad to the Swedish town of Helsingborg.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration estimates the ship is carrying 800 tonnes of fuel.

Floating barriers have been set up to try and stop the spill from spreading and anti-pollution vessels from Sweden and Norway have been sent to begin the clean-up operation.