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Maersk boxship covered in bunker fuel as HK authorities struggle to contain big spill

Authorities in Hong Kong spent Sunday containing a big bunker spill, which has already spread for a number of kilometres.

The spill was reported at 0530 hrs local time while the bunker tanker Carlung was filling up the Maersk Gateshead boxship at Container Terminal Three in Kwai Chung. Clear-up operations carried on throughout the day with early indications suggesting many thousands of litres of bunker fuel had fallen into the South China Sea.

The Maersk ship had arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday and bunkering was taking place overnight.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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