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  Small spill, big news in Hawaii

    Monday 22 May 2006


SMALL SPILL, BIG NEWS IN HAWAII

Monday, 22 May 2006

A maximum of around 10 tonnes of crude oil was spilt last Saturday when the hose broke as the Marshall Islands suezmax tanker Front Sunda was discharging a buoy off Oahu, Hawaii. The local press reports that a major response operation was mounted with two oil recovery vessels and several other craft deployed

The 149,999 dwt, 1992-built vessel is operated by International Tanker Management. A spokesman said an investigation was underway but added that US Coast Guard and the state Health Department “categorised the spill as a minimal one”.

A Coast Guard spotter plane yesterday failed to find any sheen on the sea surface in the area leading the USCG to say its response phase has wrapped up.

See online : MGN