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Accidents : Bahamas oil tanker set afloat after running aground in Denmark
Posted by webmaster on 2004/10/13 12:24:00 (3734 reads)

COPENHAGEN, Oct 13 (AFP) - A Bahamas oil tanker carrying 88,400 tonnes of
crude oil has been set afloat again after running aground off the Danish coast
early Wednesday, and there were no signs that it had spilled any of its cargo,
the Danish fleet said.


"The refloating operation at high tide, with the help of four tugboats was
completed quickly and without incident. No trace of pollution after the
accident has been found," a duty officer with the Admiral Danish Fleet (SOK)
said.
The "Luzon Spirit" had run aground in the Lille Baelt strait about 200
meters (660 feet) from the port of Fredericia, the fleet said.
The 245-meter ship, which is equipped with a double hull and which belongs
to Canadian shipping company Teekay, was stranded at just after 2:00 am
Wednesday (just after midnight GMT) after loading North Sea crude oil at the
Shell refinery in Fredericia for French oil giant Total.
The accident "was probably caused by the fact that (the ship) lost power as
it was crossing an area with strong currents", SOK said Wednesday afternoon
after initially reporting that a cable on one of the tugboats pulling the
tanker out to sea had given way, causing it to run aground.
Danish environmental protection authorities had set up floating barriers to
stop any potential oil leaks from the ship during the attempts to refloat it.
Divers will inspect its hull of the tanker before it will be permitted to
continue out to sea on its scheduled voyage to Rotterdam.

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