GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 26, 1999 - Two tankers collided
60 miles south of Cuba, spilling 144 tons of fuel,
Cayman Islands' officials said yesterday
Cuban authorities told Caymans' officials
on Tuesday that the Petrojam Trader from Jamaica, and the Venezualan
ship Parnaso, had run into each other on Sunday morning south
of the Cuban island of Cayo Largo
According to a story carried by Reuters,
one tanker lost its steering and swung into the path of the other
Although the Parnaso was not carrying any crude oil at the time,
its fuel tank was ripped and diesel fuel
was said to have spilled into the Caribbean
Caymans officials were unable to say which tanker hit the other.
Caymans Dept of Environment director Scott Slaybaugh said he had been told by
Cuba that the spill was drifting west-northwest toward Cuba's
southwest Isle of Pines.