Manchester Ship Canal reopens after Stanlow oil spill

Stanlow Manufacturing Complex
Image caption The Essar Oil spokesman said production at the site had not been affected by the spill

A stretch of Manchester Ship Canal in Cheshire has reopened after having to be shut while an oil spill was cleared.

The 4.5-tonne spill at the Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port on Sunday morning led to the waterway being closed by its operators Peel Ports.

A spokesman for Essar Oil, which runs the refinery, said the spill had happened as a result of a processing problem, which had since been fixed.

The canal reopened at 20:00 BST following an inspection.

A spokesman for Peel Ports said the closure had been "a purely precautionary measure to prevent passing vessels spreading the oil into a wider area than that already affected".

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