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Ships sent to clear oil spill
By Zheng Yanyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-04 05:37

DALIAN: Another 15 vessels were sent yesterday morning to join 11 already cleaning up after two oil tankers collided at Dalian port in Liaoning Province, sources from the Liaoning Maritime Salvage Administration said.

Heavy sea fog means the exact extent of the pollution cannot yet be defined, even though helicopters have joined the operation, said Wang Yuyang, an official with the administration.

The collision last Saturday between a Chinese oil tanker and a foreign container ship resulted in a big oil spill.

Both ships were sailing slowly at the time, so there were no casualties, Wang said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, he said.

It happened at 11:30 am, when the oil tanker was about five nautical miles from Dalian port.

The Liaoning Provincial Maritime Rescue Centre immediately sent ships to the site and started the rescue and clean-up.

The 2,500-ton oil tanker is owned by Zhoushan Qiandao Shipping Co Ltd, based in Zhejiang Province.

Carrying 3,800 tons of diesel fuel oil, the ship was heading for Guangzhou.

The Malaysia-registered 9,000-ton ship, the Bunga Mas Tujuh, started from Japan, passing Tianjin headed for Dalian port.

The accident happened amid heavy fog and poor visibility, said Zhang Zhixin, an official with the maritime salvage administration.

The No 5 cabin of the right side of the oil vessel was struck and damaged.

(China Daily 07/04/2005 page3)

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