Cleanup effort in Tsushima

Apr 14, 1997 02:00 AM

Oil cleanup efforts off the coast of Tsushima Island have wound down as authorities started collecting drums filled with fuel oil spilled by a sunken South Korean tanker. A barge started loading drums at Waniura port in Kamitsushima on Tsushima's northern coast, the first of some 2,000 drums containing fuel oil collected from the waters near the Korea Strait. Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, is located between South Korea and Japan's main south-western island of Kyushu. According to the Maritime Safety Agency, no new oil spill has been detected since last week's leak.The fuel oil is believed to have originated from the South Korean tanker Osung No.3, which sank April 3 off Koje Island, 60 km north-west of Tsushima. Local officials estimate that of 1,530 tons of fuel oil carried by the South Korean tanker, at least 186 has spilled into the sea.

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