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SHIP NAME: Biz KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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On the night of June 03rd, two ships collided about 12 miles (20 km) from the port of Montevideo that caused an oil spill. Some of the disturbing features of the oil spill incident are: The Maltese-registered tanker Sea Bird was anchored on the La Plata River about 20 kilometres off the port Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital. Greek oil tanker Syros, collided with Sea Bird while trying to avoid a collision with a third vessel. At the time of collision Greek ship Syros was in ballast with no cargo on board and a bunker tank on the double bottom port side of the vessel was ripped open. About 14,000 cubic meters of fuel oil was spilled and further leakage has been stopped. Due to winds approximately 40 kilometer long oil spill is spreading towards Buenos Aires in Argentina. No one is injured in the collision. Argentina and Uruguay are monitoring the oil spill and are working to dissolve the fuel oil into the water.


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Uraguyan Navy Captain Marcelo Larrobla said an undetermined amount of fuel oil was released after the Greek registered Syros slammed against the Malta registered Sea Bird near Montevideo. No one on either ship was injured, but the Spyros was damaged near the fuel tank which apparently produced the spill. Larrobla says the collision was likely caused by a wrong manoeuvre by the Syros although it is still being investigated.


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Owners of the Greek-registered bulk carrier Syros said today that they estimated that fuel oil spilt from the ship after a collision with a Maltese vessel earlier this week now stood at 14 tonnes and not the far higher figures quoted by the international press.

"The owners take any spillage extremely seriously, regardless of size, and every effort is being made to ensure that the local environment is protected," they said.

The Syros was involved in a collision with the Sea Bird off Montevideo on Tuesday whilst taking action to avoid a collision with a third vessel. At the time of the collision the Syros was in ballast with no cargo on board. As a result of the collision, a bunker tank on the double bottom port side of the vessel was breached. The breach has now been dealt with and there is no further leakage.


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A number of birds were oiled, at least 60 are reported dead. Reports of this collision are hopelessly garbled. Both ships are bulk carriers. It is alledged that the Syros, the hitter, is the ship with the damaged port fuel tank, which seems strange. The 14,000 m3 number is nonsense. A bunker tank on a 65,000 ton bulk carrier would be less than a tenth of this size. The owner's number is probably on the low side, but for now CTX has no choice but to accept it. ITOPF attended and calls this casualty Syros. but CTX has yet to see the iTOPF volume number.

Photos taken the next day show calm conditions. We have no cause info. Could be a stern swing problem, but we just dont know.