Panama-flagged Sanchi has reportedly sank in the East China Sea on Sunday and a large oil slick has been sighted in the area.
The oil spill is 13 kilometres (km) wide and 11 km long, according to the Japanese Coast Guard who adds that operations are currently being carried out to contain the slick.
The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) operated vessel’s last coordinates were reported to be 315 km west of Sokkozaki on the Japanese island of Amami Oshima.
The oil tanker’s crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, meanwhile, are believed to have perished in the incident.
Approximately 1,000 metric tonne (mt) of bunkers were thought to be remaining in the Sanchi’s fuel tanks during the incident; it seems that damage from leakage of the fuel tanks, if it happens, will be “relatively local”, according to Greenpeace.
“As the fuel oil cools, it will become more viscous which will help to slow or even prevent leaks,” it said in a statement.
“In this scenario, it is possible that we will see chronic low volume leakage over a period of time at the seabed. Impact would remain relatively local.”
Photo credit: Chinese Ministry of Transport
Publication date: 16 January, 2018
Additional topics of bunker contamination and OCM services discussed at VPS’ Fuel Management Challenges – The Year of 2021 & Beyond webinar on 23 September; Manifold Times summarises the session.
‘The JMs have failed to discharge their duties by blindly helping the Banks mount a false case against the Defendant,’ wrote defence lawyers representing former IPP Director Dr Goh Jian Hian in court statement.
Lead prosecutor Andreas Myllerup Laursen aims for a fine and a prison sentence in the so-called Syria case scheduled to commence in Odense, Denmark on 26 October, writes the Danish publication.
In a modern re-telling of the story of David versus Goliath, local bunker barge owners/charterers successfully resisted claims brought in the Singapore courts by Phillips 66 for misdelivery of bunkers.
Bunker barge owners and operators; traders and suppliers; banks, including players in other countries, will have to re-examine respective operations, advises Helmsman Associate Director Jonathan Tan.
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