Authorities in the U.S. State of Michigan are worried about the danger of a major?
Authorities in the U.S. State of Michigan are worried about the danger of a major oil spill affecting Lake Huron following the collision of two ships on the Saint Clair River near Port Huron.
The ships, the Sidney E. Smith and the Paker Evans, collided in the early hours of monday morning (5 June). One of them, the Smith, sank in 55 feet (about 17 metres) of water with 49,000 gallons of heavy crude oil still in its holds.
All of the Smith's 33 crew members were rescued by tug from a nearby Great Lakes Pilots' Association.
The Parker Evans suffered a damaged bow, but was able to be toward said and anchored. Officials investigating at the scene have not yet determined the cause of the collision.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States, near Port Huron Michigan, the tanker, Sidney E. Smith, lays on its side after colliding Monday with a freighter, the Parker Evans. Officials are worried about the danger of an oil spill from the Smith, which sank in shallow water with 49,000 gallons of crude oil in its holds.
The second ship, the Parker Evans, had its bow stoved in, but managed to stay afloat.
The accident took place on the Saint Clair River, near the entrance to Lake Huron. All 33 of the Smith's crew were rescued uninjured. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the collision.