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Lightering of rammed suezmax off Qingdao almost completed

Attempts to unload the cargo from an NGM Energy-owned suezmax tanker that leaked oil into the Yellow Sea near the Chinese port city of Qingdao after a collision last week should be completed on Tuesday, the vessel’s manager Goodwood Ship Management said.

The Liberia-flagged 150,500 dwt A Symphony, carrying about 1m barrels of bitumen mix, was struck by Panama-flagged 35,200 dwt bulker Sea Justice on April 27.

The impact caused a breach in the ship’s cargo tanks and ballast tanks, causing it to leak around 500 tonnes (3,420 barrels) of its bitumen mix cargo.

A Symphony‘s manager said earlier that there were no injuries to the crew, and clean-up operations commenced as soon as weather conditions improved enough to allow 12 specialist cleaning and repair vessels to deal with what was described as a “minor” spill.

Lightering work has continued since Friday, Goodwood said in a statement, and when complete the vessel will depart for further assessment and repairs.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a backgroud in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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