Chinese ship collides with tanker off northern coast

Nov 25, 2002 01:00 AM

A Chinese ship collided with a Maltese-registered oil tanker, spreading an oil slick across a swath of the Bohai sea. The collision took place about 25 miles east of the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin.
No one was injured. The Tianjin Maritime Bureau sent seven vessels to clean up the spill at the accident site, the report said. Preliminary inquiries indicate the Tasman Sea tanker, which was bound for Tianjin carrying 80,000 tons of oil, was anchored off the coast when the accident took place, the report said.

As a result of the collision, an oil slick 2.5 miles long and 1.4 miles across spread from the damaged tanker into the Bohai Sea, the report said. It was not immediately known how much of the oil had spilled.
The Chinese ship, Shunkai No. 1, had just left the port when the accident took place. The collision "seriously damaged" the bow of the Chinese vessel causing it to take on water. However, the vessel was in no danger of sinking, the report said.

The collision was the second major accident reported in Chinese waters in the past few days. Officials in Hong Kong said that fire fighting teams were attempting to douse a blaze on board a LPG tanker in the South China Sea. Rough seas were hampering attempts to put out the fire aboard the Panamanian-registered Gaz Poem, which was carrying 20,000 tons of LPG.

Source: AP
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