A giant oil tanker split in two in Rotterdam harbour on Tuesday (22 July).
GV ZOOM IN TO Crippled tanker alongside wharf in Rotterdam harbour
GV PAN FROM Name Energy Concentration along length of vessel
TRACKING SHOT AROUND Bows of tanker
LV ZOOM IN TO SV Stern showing just above waterline
CU & SV Port officials placing anti-oil boom around vessel (3 shots)
GV PAN waterfront
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Background: A giant oil tanker split in two in Rotterdam harbour on Tuesday (22 July). Salvage experts were studying ways of recovering the 111-thousand tonnes of oil still on board. The cause of the accident is unknown, but Rotterdam's port director said excessive buoyancy in the middle of the tanker in relation to its oil-laden ends may have broken the ship's back.
SYNOPSIS: At first it was thought there had been an explosion on board the Liberian-registered tanker in Rotterdam harbour. But the 98-thousand tonne Energy Concentration cracked after oil had been pumped out of the middle tanks leaving the ones at each end full. A dockworker who witnessed the accident said if there had been an explosion, no one would have survived. In the event, the 43 crewmen who were mostly Chinese scrambled to safety, only one was slightly injured.
The bow section of the tanker remained afloat, but with tides tearing at the Energy Concentration, it is feared the bow might break off altogether.
The stern section is resting on the harbour bed. Any further break-up might cause the tanker's load to spill into the world's busiest port. So far less than 10 percent of the 111-thousand tonnes of crude remaining on board has leaked - enough for the port authorities to place a boom around the Energy Concentration.
The accident closed the harbour's Europoort section, but no immediate danger is expected for the surrounding area, one of the most populous in Europe.