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Japan and South Korea on alert for Sanchi oil spill

As the oil spill caused by the sinking of NITC tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea continues to spread, there is a strong possibility that the oil spill could endanger the environment of China’s neighbouring countries, South Korea and Japan.

According to a report by Britain’s National Oceanography Centre, concerns are growing about the potential impact to key fishing grounds and sensitive marine ecosystems off Japan and South Korea, which lie in the projected path of the oil.

“An updated emergency ocean model simulation shows that waters polluted by the sinking Sanchi oil tanker could reach Japan within a month. The revised simulations suggest that pollution from the spill may be distributed much further and faster than previously thought, and that larger areas of the coast may be impacted,” the center said in the report.

Last week, China’s State Oceanic Administration spotted more oil slicks around the ship wreckage site and the oil cleanup operations are still ongoing.

The administration said over the weekend that water samples taken from the East China Sea near the ship wreckage site met first-level standards of China.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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