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06 September 2010 :: 10:09:53 am 37627

Thai Navy Declare Phuket Oil Slick Contained

A Thai Naval Coast Guard unit dispatched to the scene of the Choke Thaworn 6 oil slick has declared the spill as contained on Sunday. The Choke Thaworn 6 sank approximately 10 nautical miles off the coast of Phuket on Saturday, leaking an unstipulated amount of engine oil into the surrounding ocean.
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Phuket, the 5th of September 2010: Since Saturday mornings sinking, occurring when the vessel inadvertently capsized in a severe thunderstorm, officials from the Marine Police and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources have worked tirelessly with rescue crews to disperse the slick.

Although the vessel is thought to contain approximately 35,000-40,000 litres of heavy fuel oil, salvage expects profess the size of the spill as being equivalent to the unused fuel left in the ships engines. It is thought that the stored oil barrels have not been breached in the incident.

Sunday’s naval survey found that the oil spill had decreased to 20% of the initial size and had been contained to a small, one mile, area around the site were the Choke Thaworn 6 sank.

Naval crews and energy corporation PTT have together provided approximately 4,000 litres of oil dispersant, which has been spread at the scene. As of Sunday, salvage crews and officials were still undecided as to plans to raise the sunken vessel, which is positioned in approximately 10 meter deep waters off the coast of Phuket Town.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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