More tanker containers at risk of leaking oil

September 1, 2006

MORE compartments of the sunken tanker MT Solar I are in danger of leaking bunker oil into the Guimaras Strait and nearby seas in Central Philippines, Japanese surveyors found Friday morning.

The underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from the Japanese ship Shinsei Maru detected signs that the containers may burst open when it made a second pass at the area where the tanker sank.

“A look of the 10 compartments showed the gaskets already sustained some damage. Compartment 4 was already open, and it was likely the oil that leaked out came from it,” dzBB radio quoted ROV operators as saying.

They said the leaked oil was concentrated at “Ground Zero,” and that the oil sheen that extended outside the area did not pose too much of a threat.

(For details, click risk, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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