• Short Summary

    A Japanese supertanker ran aground in Indonesian waters just south of Singapore on Monday (6 January), sending a three mile wide oil slick towards Singapore's best beaches.

  • Description

    A Japanese supertanker ran aground in Indonesian waters just south of Singapore on Monday (6 January), sending a three mile wide oil slick towards Singapore's best beaches.

    Some 4,500 kilolitres (same as metric tons) -- about one million gallons -- have so far seeped out from three tanks that were damaged when the vessel, Showa Maru, grounded off Singapore's southerly islet of Pulau Sebarok.

    This was close to two per cent of the 237,000 tone of crude oil and supertanker was carrying from the Gulf to Japan.

    Oil slicks and seepages over a three mile area have moved to just three miles (5 kms) off Sentosa island, whose beaches are a key feature of Singapore's plans to turn Sentosa into a major tourist attraction.

    There are also fears that the overnight tides might bring the oil slicks into the main shipping lanes of Singapore harbour.

    12 fire-fighting vessels and tugs are standing by as Singapore's maritime and shipping authorities brace themselves for a possible full-scale assault on the worst oil slick threat to the island republic.

    The oil spill eclipsed the spillage of 1,000 tone (about 220,00 gallons) of oil by the 213,000 ton Shell petroleum tanker, Myrtea, in June 1972 just south of Singapore harbour.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD8AQBC5YAD5NA4XA4MZZSBD7K
    Media URN:
    VLVAD8AQBC5YAD5NA4XA4MZZSBD7K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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