| 10 December 2023, Sunday |

Work to remove oil from stricken tanker off China nearly finished

The vessel’s manager affirmed that the cargo of an oil tanker that spilled oil into the Yellow Sea near China’s Qingdao after a crash last week should be removed later Tuesday.

The A Symphony was anchored some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Qingdao when it was hit by the bulk carrier Sea Justice in thick fog on April 27. The crash ruptured A Symphony’s container and ballast tanks, resulting in about 400 tonnes of bitumen blend cargo to spill.

A Symphony’s manager, Goodwood Ship Management, said there were no injuries to the crew, and clean-up operations commenced as soon as weather conditions improved enough to allow specialist cleaning and repair vessels to travel to the site.

Work to unload the tanker’s cargo, known as lightering, has continued since Friday, Goodwood said in a statement, and when complete the vessel will depart for further assessment and repairs. The company has yet to confirm which shipyard will handle the repairs.

Equasis data explained that the 272 meter-long, 46 meter-wide oil tanker was sold in May 2019 to its new owners Symphony Shipholding SA and NGM Energy.

  • Reuters