* TALLINN - A team of investigators from Ivory Coast will travel to Estonia to probe the ship at the heart of a deadly poisoning scandal in the west African state
"The aim of our mission to Estonia is to collect evidence on the causes of the pollution" last month in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, that has so far claimed eight lives, Ivorian government spokesman Apollinaire Yapi was quoted as saying by Saturdays's edition of the Eesti Paevaleht daily.
The Probo Koala ship, chartered by the Netherlands-based shipping company, Trafigura Beheer, last month offloaded more than 500 tonnes of waste -- reportedly a mixture of oil residue and caustic soda used to rinse out the ship's tanks -- in Abidjan.
A local company charged with disposing of the waste dumped it on several landfills in the city of four million people, sparking a health crisis which has claimed eight lives, seen 69 people hospitalised and triggered 80,000 calls to doctors for medical help.
Estonian officials on Wednesday impounded the Probo Koala and launched a criminal investigation after tests conducted on waste that the ship's crew had asked to discharge in the Baltic state showed "similarities" with that delivered to Ivory Coast, according to the state prosecutor's office ......