The United Nations building provided the backcloth to a drama in New York's East River.?
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Background: The United Nations building provided the backcloth to a drama in New York's East River. Just an hour away from home after four months at sea a 25,000 ton Panamanian tanker 'Alkaid' struck an unidentified object near Poor Man's Flat. Three of its 21 storage tanks immediately spewed their contents into the river sending an oil slick the breadth of the river. The ship developed a list as fire tugs were summoned.
2500 tons of oil settled on the troubled waters - but there was no fear of fire because of the nature of the oil. After towing to the sea wall below UN building the Alkaid's cargo was pumped into barges.
The vessel's captain could not immediately give any explanation. He said the ship either sprang a leak or struck an obstacle. Whichever it was ripped a large hole in the ship's hull. A sad ending to a long journey that started in the Persian Gulf.