• Short Summary

    A Japanese supertanker ran aground in Tokyo Bay on Wednesday (4 June) and its oil spillage has sparked off fear that the Government may be prompted to clamp down on the movement and storage of oil.

  • Description

    A Japanese supertanker ran aground in Tokyo Bay on Wednesday (4 June) and its oil spillage has sparked off fear that the Government may be prompted to clamp down on the movement and storage of oil.

    The 228, 136-ton Eiko Maru was on its way to a dock near Tokyo, when it grounded and spilled about 100 tonnes (tons) of its 28,000 tonnes of oil. The slick coveted half a mile. Japanese Maritime Safety Agency patrol boats were quickly at the scene to set up an oil fence and spray detergents onto the floating oil.

    The tanker was refloated on Thursday (5 June).

    It was reported that the petroleum-importing and refining industry feared that the incident would bring increased Government action to impose strict anti-pollution restrictions on the movement and storage of oil.

    Such controls are being studied by Government agencies following the grounding of the supertanker Showa Maru off Singapore in January, and the leakage in the same month of hundreds of tons of heavy oil from a storage farm on the share of Japan's Inland Sea near Osaka.

    The Government of Tokyo has already submitted to the national government a survey which describes the Bay of Tokyo as an almost ???-polluted "Sea of Death".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC8VYKYN8YUG55ZEAX184IATSH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8VYKYN8YUG55ZEAX184IATSH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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