Oil spotted in Saronic Gulf as 45-year-old tanker sinks

Authorities around the Saronic Gulf to the south of Piraeus in Greece spent Sunday trying to contain what could be a massive spill after an ancient chemical tanker sank at dawn. The 45-year-old ship was loaded with 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 metric tons of marine gas oil. Local reports suggest the small ship was manned with just two crew, both of whom were arrested before being released.

Aircraft flying over the area where the ship sank spotted fuel on the sea. Divers have been deployed to try and patch up any holes to the ship’s tans, while booms have also been put in place.

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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