Oil retrieval operations nearing conclusion

March 31, 2007

Panay News, March 31, 2007

ILOILO City – The oil recovery operations from the sunken MT Solar 1 are expected to be completed over the next few days.

Task Force Solar 1 Oil Spill (Task Force SOS) disclosed that less than five thousand liters of bunker fuel oil may be recovered by Allied Shield vessel from the sunken tanker.
The latest progress report from Sonsub, the Italian firm hired for the oil recovery operation and owner of Allied Shield, showed that at least eight (of the 10) compartments of the tanker have already been penetrated.

Following the clean-up operations on the affected shorelines of Guimaras, the Protection and Indemnity Club, insurer of the sunken vessel, contracted Sonsub to retrieve any remaining oil in the sunken MT Solar 1.

Carlos Tan, Petron Health, Safety and Environment manager, said the corporation hired experts to assess the spillage of the bunker fuel on land and sea. Satellite footages showed that the volume of bunker oil spilt may have reached 1.6 million liters.

(The rest of the story at Oil retrieval.)


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