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  Stranded Total oil tanker enters Portuguese port for unloading

    mardi 8 janvier 2008

Published : Sun, 06 Jan 2008 15:06

By : Agencies

PARIS - An oil supertanker chartered by Total, which had been lying off the coast of Portugal since Dec 20 after a mechanical problem, finally entered the port of Sines on Sunday for unloading and inspection, the port authority told Agence France-Presse.

The ship, the New Vision, had been repaired at sea and approved for docking a week ago, but was prevented from reaching Sines by bad weather.

Its cargo of 300,000 tons of oil is to be emptied and transferred to two smaller ships over the next three to four days, before the supertanker undergoes a full inspection, the Sines port authority said.

The port authority reiterated there is no risk of an oil spill.

The New Vision had been travelling between Norway and Canada when a storm in the North Sea caused water damage to the ship’s electrical system.

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