Marcus Hand - Monday 25 November 2002
TANKER Pacific Management aframax, Tasman Sea, caused an oil spill
in the Port of Tianjin after it was hit by a cargoship at the weekend.
The 84,218 dwt single hull tanker was struck
by a Chinese-registered coastal vessel, Shun Kai No.1
on November 23 while transiting to the pilot pick-up point
at the entry to the Port of Tianjin.
The Maltese-registered Tasman Sea was loaded with 81,398 tons of crude oil
for UNIPEC - China International when the collision occurred.
The port anchor of the Shun Kai No.1
caused a 50 cm hole high above the waterline
in number three starboard cargo tank.
According to Tanker Pacific the quantity of oil spilled was "small"
with the crew taking immediate steps
to transfer cargo out of the damaged tank.
However the People's Daily reported
that the collision produced an oil spill
measuring 2.5 nm in length and 1.4 nm in width in the Bohai Sea.
"Prompt and professional action of the officers and crew
onboard the Tasman Sea
in the moments immediately following impact has contained the
extent of the oil released," said Sam Norton, spokesman for Tanker Pacific.
No crew from either vessel were injured in the incident.
Class society NKK confirmed the damage to the Tasman Sea was "not serious"
and the vessel was expected to berth on late Monday at Tianjin
to discharge its entire cargo.
The 1980-built Tasman Sea is owned by Infinity Shipping.