Four separate oil slicks from the sunken Sanchi oil tanker have resulted in more than 100 sq km of fuel leaking out into the East China Sea, an area equivalent in size to the city of Paris. Moreover, Chinese authorities are now worried that the ship’s bunkers are also seeping out.
China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said that a new slick detected yesterday near the ship could be bunker fuel.
It has been estimated that the ships was carrying around 1,000 tonnes of bunkers at the time it collided with the CF Crystal bulker 13 days ago. It was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate before the accident, much of which evaporated after the stricken shipped burned for days.
China is deploying underwater robots to assess the damage of the wrecked ship, which is lying in depths of around 115 m, with a possible view to sealing some of its holes. All 32 crew of the Sanchi died in the accident.