Oil tankers collide in Gulf of Oman

Mar 25, 2002 01:00 AM

Two massive oil tankers collided in the Gulf of Oman, but no oil was spilled. After several hours, tug boats separated the empty British Vigilance from the Stena King, which was laden with oil, said a spokesman for the owners of British Vigilance. "The tankers have been separated and there is no sign of oil in the water," Robert Wine said.
The accident occurred at 1:30 a.m. about 15 miles off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah, said Wine. The harbourmaster at Fujairah, Tamer Massoud, said Stena King's bow rammed into the side of British Vigilance. Jan Sonesson, operations manager for the company that manages Stena King, also said there was no spill and no casualties. The extent of damage was not immediately known.

Stena King was carrying 450,000 tons of oil from Saudi Arabia to the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, Sonesson said. The tanker has a crew of 43 crew, mainly British officers and Filipino sailors. Stena King is owned by Concordia Maritime of Sweden, Sonesson said.
British Vigilance is owned and operated by British Petroleum. It was steaming toward the emirate of Dubai for repairs when the collision occurred.

Source: AP
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