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Tanker Safety

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.

During transfer tanker sinks after explosions on harbour at refinery.

Several explosions occurred on a tanker ship being loaded with fuel at the Lingen-Holthausen refinery in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia late on Monday, police said. The vessel caught fire and sank. The fire brigade was able to get the blaze on the Ems River canal under control, in addition to preventing it from spreading to other nearby ships, police said. Super-grade fuel leaked out of the burning ship and also caught fire, which was also put out with a special foam. But the dangerous fuel-water combination created in the accident could still cause further fires or explosions, police said. The ship’s five crew members also managed to escape, though one suffered minor injuries.

3 comments to Tanker Safety

  • Gloria

    There was also, the oil spill in Nigeria. The spill in New Zea Land. Enbridge has another leak, into the Gulf. Enbridge had a 1,500 barrel spill, in Wrigley N.W.T. that leak was during, the fire in Slave Lake. There was of course, the Enbridge spill into the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge didn’t bother to clean up that disaster up either. A pipe burst some distance from Edmonton. This spill made the F.N. children so sick, they had to abandon their school. The F.N. clean drinking water was totally contaminated

    The seas around Kitimat, are one of the most treacherous in the world. Every other day, there are high wind warning. There are hurricane force winds. Waves up to 40 and 50 feet high. Hairpin curves, for these dirty oil tankers to navigate. It is difficult to navigate in good weather, let alone in the wild storms. The channel is narrow with undersea rock ledges, the tankers are massive.

    There is still oil gathering on the rocks, from the Valdez spill over 21 years ago. The immense China tankers would make the Valdez spill, look like a teacup spill.

    Will Harper, China, Alberta and the Campbell/Clark BC Liberals care? Hell no, they are too stupid to care.

    Kim Reply:

    They are owned by offshore interests, they aren’t required to think.

  • Torontonian

    Why limit the topic to tankers? Cruise ships are
    also prone to accidents also. Costa Concordia, anyone?
    Exxon Valdez?