Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Tanker collides, spills oil near Chinese port

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BEIJING/SINGAPORE: A tanker carrying around one million barrels of oil products was involved in a collision near the Chinese port city of Qingdao, spilling oil into the Yellow Sea, China’s Shandong maritime safety administra­tion and tanker representa­tives said on Tuesday.

The collision involving anchored Liberia-flagged tanker A Symphony and the Sea Justice took place at 8.50am local time, A Symphony’s manager Goodwood Ship Management said.

“The force of the impact on the forward port side caused a breach in cargo tanks and ballast tanks, with a quantity of oil lost into the ocean,” Goodwood said, adding all of the crew had been accounted for and there were no injuries.

It was not immediatel­y possible to contact the owner of the Sea Justice.

“The oil spill came after a clash between two vessels,” an official at the maritime safety authority told Reuters on condition of anonymity, confirming that no one was injured.

The A Symphony, a Suezmax tanker was last seen near the Qingdao port, live shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon showed.

The tanker called at Linggi internatio­nal transhipme­nt hub, near Malacca in peninsular Malaysia, earlier this month, where it fully loaded oil and set sail for China, the data showed.

When contacted by Reuters, an executive at Run Cheng Internatio­nal Resource (HK) Co said the company owned the 150,000-tonne cargo of bitumen on board A Symphony.

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