Russian oil tanker Nadezhda has run aground after hitting a reef near the port city of Nevelsk on Russia’s Sakhalin Island on Sunday.
The vessel, which is owned by Russian company DV Akvatoria, was carrying 786 tons of fuel oil and diesel fuel. The tank on the ship was damaged and spilled oil, with cleanup operations currently underway. Russian emergency services said they were trying to collect spilled oil and also contaminated soil from along the shore, while oil remaining on the vessel would be pumped out.
According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, two ships and more than 100 personnel are currently involved in the ship pumping operation and the coastal cleanup, and that the cleanup will take at least two weeks to complete.
Sakhalin Island, located to the north of Japan, is a major producer of oil and natural gas.