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Ship bumps tanker, causes oil spill
By Yin Ping (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-19 05:49

SHANGHAI: A small ship is under investigation for smashing into an oil tanker on the Huangpu River last Saturday, causing the tanker to spill some 50 tons of oil.

The tanker, Chaoyangping 8, carried 3,010 tons of oil from Dalian, Liaoning Province to Shanghai when a small ship from Fuzhou, Fujian Province rammed into it on the Wusongkou waters at noon.

The collision created a gaping 1-metre hole in the middle of the right side of the tanker, causing oil to pour out.

"We warned it (the ship), but it didn't swerve aside," the tanker's chief told the Oriental Morning Post.

After the oil began to leak, captain Kong Jiangzhong said he immediately ordered his staff to funnel the oil from the leaking cabins into a sewage cabin.

He called the maritime police and fire fighters at the same time. The tanker was finally moved to the wharf.

Xue Dezhang, an official from the city's maritime authorities, said since the collision happened two nautical miles from the wharf, the leakage was not very serious.

"Luckily, it was the ebbing time," said a staff worker from a nearby wharf. "The oil dispersed quickly. By 3 in the afternoon, the strong smell had almost died out."

The hole was closed up at 4 pm, and the oil was diluted enough to be considered safe at 5 pm.

(China Daily 09/19/2005 page3)

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