There is much talk these days about the safety of transporting bitumen via tankers in the Douglas Channel and out into Hecate Straight. The proponents
pimps of the project insist that technology is just wonderful and there will be the utmost care taken to avoid the unthinkable, a catastrophic spill on the pristine North Coast. I did a quick Google search using the searchwords “tanker sinks”. Oh boy! (Interestingly, I did not find any of these stories in the Canadian Media.)
Sharjah: An oil tanker, belonging to a UAE-based diesel company sank 500 metres from Al Hamriya Port, north west of Sharjah city, due to strong winds, a Coast Guard official told Gulf News.
All the five crew members were rescued, the official said.
Lady Moon, the tanker, sunk at around 6.15am on Sunday. According to the official, the tanker’s crew decided to anchor the ship off the coast due to strong winds.
“They dropped the anchor to wait till the wind slowed down. However, it got cut due to the impact of strong winds,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity…snip…”The captain told the port’s sea monitors at the control unit that the ship’s engines were struggling. Later, he told them he had lost control of the ship’s steering, and by then the vessel, loaded with diesel fuel cargo, had started sinking.” the official said.”
But that’s not all folks!
A South Korean freight ship carrying fuel exploded in the Yellow Sea on Sunday morning, killing three crew-members and causing eight others to go missing, Yonhap news agency reported, referring to the Coast Guard.
The 4,191-ton vessel Doola No. 3 exploded in waters three miles north of Jawol Island near the port city of Incheon at around at 8:05 a.m. Five people aboard the ship were rescued.
Yes, that’s exploded! Then broke in half and sank. Had enough? There’s more…
Albanian police say a tanker has sunk after unloading fuel, with one sailor found dead and at least two others missing.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Sierra Leone-flagged Edirne to sink on Sunday about five kilometres from a harbour in Durres, a day after unloading more than 3000 tonnes of fuel there.”
Just to drive the point home, here’s the 4th one today, all on page 1 of my google search. This one exploded in port as it was being loaded, then caught fire and sank.