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Xylene Tanker is still aground on Clipperton Island, breakup feared


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Posted by on March 03, 2010 at 11:01:21:

In Reply to: Xylene Tanker runs aground on Clipperton Island posted by on March 01, 2010 at 17:16:11:

Sichem Osprey aground on the reef at Clipperton Island
Sichem Osprey aground on the reef at Clipperton Island


Sichem Osprey aground on the reef at Clipperton Island near Clipperton Rock
Sichem Osprey aground on the reef at Clipperton Island near Clipperton Rock



No pollution for the moment but the worst is feared if the vessel stays too long in this position especially if the weather complicates towing operations.

The hull grounded isn 97 m, more than half the total length of the ship (170 m).

Carrying 22,500 tons of various products, it is feared that the forces exerted on the hull will eventually break in two.

For now, the chemical double-hull construction is the latest blow, but we urgently need to pump a portion of its cargo in order to relieve his door overhang and facilitate the task of tugs.

The Maltese-flagged ship carrying, in detail, 10,500 tons of xylene, a toxic, flammable, 6,000 tons of tallow and 6,000 tons of soybeans.

L'association de vigilance Robin des Bois says that Vegetable oil is considered a marine pollutant nontoxic.

However, the massive spill would engluage the shoreline and birds which would be particularly damaging to the colony of masked boobies Island

Taking advantage of weather and tide favorable factors, the tugs were able to disengage the Shechem Osprey some fifteen yards last week.

Ships pumping and transfer of cargo are expected in the coming days to lighten the ship reports the authority of the High Commission based in Papeete.

Hit the Atoll at 16 knots

On site, a police officer on board the French frigate Courbet, began hearings of the captain and crew.

By last weekend, the reasons for the grounding was not yet established.

We know only that the vessel ran aground at the cruising speed of 16 knots (30 kph), an error or a failure to manifest in standby gateway is responsible for this plight.



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