China, refining continues in the Yellow Sea after the oil spill

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Rescue and clean-up operations are still ongoing in the Yellow Sea after a tanker and a cargo ship collided earlier this week along China’s northeast coast.

The Shandong Regional Maritime Safety Administration (SAA) said at least 400 tonnes of oil spilled when the large cargo ship Sea Justice hit the Liberian ship A Symphony near Qingdao port on Tuesday.

The oil spread over an area about 3 kilometers long and 600 meters wide, meanwhile an initial investigation has been launched, while dense fog is hampering the clean-up operation.

The Chinese daily “Global Times?” quoting an SAA official, notes that the Liberian ship suffered a hole about six to seven meters long and two meters wide above sea level after being hit by the transport ship.

The tanker was anchored. All crew members were rescued safely and no injuries were reported.

Qingdao is China’s largest crude oil port. “The amount of oil spilled from the ship into the sea is about 400 tons, while the works for emergency withdrawal are being carried out over and over again,” the SAA stressed.

However, they added that the accident did not prevent ships from entering and leaving the port.

At least 12 decontamination vessels have been deployed to clear the oil flow.

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