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  Japanese ship spills oil in Indian Ocean

    Tuesday 15 August 2006

Bright Artemis

TOKYO (AFP) - Some 4,500 tons of crude oil are believed to have spilled from a Japanese tanker in the Indian Ocean following a collision with a cargo vessel, the tanker’s owner said Tuesday.

The Bright Artemis with 23 people on board leaked the oil on Monday some 290 kilometers (180 miles) west of India’s Great Nicobar island, a spokesman for Mitsui O.S.K. line said in Tokyo.

The collision occurred when the Bright Artemis, sailing to Japan carrying 250,000 tons of crude oil from Saudi Arabia

and Oman, was trying to rescue the crew of the Singaporean vessel Amar, which was on fire, he said.

"The Bright Artemis approached the vessel to try to save people on the vessel, but accidentally the two collided," the spokesman said.

"It is difficult to calculate at this moment, but the oil leak may have hit some 4,500 tons," the spokesman said, adding that no one was injured in the accident.

After informing Singaporean and Indian authorities of the accident, the tanker resumed sailing to Japan as there was no fear of sinking or further oil leakage, the spokesman said.

Japan, the world’s second largest economy, is heavily dependent on oil imports from the Middle East.

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