Another Massive Oil Spill off Busan

Some 237,000 liters gushed into the sea after a Liberian-registered freighter collided with an oil tanker on Saturday. The amount of oil spilled is over 70,000 liters more than the oil spilled in Yeosu last month.

Over the weekend, the Korea Coast Guard managed to place a 500 m long oil fence to try and contain the spill, and chemical dispersant is being sprayed. The police said they succeeded in sealing off the hole in the vessel three hours after the collision.

The only positive news thus far is that no contamination-related damage has been reported so far. The maritime police say it will take about four days to clean up the spill and prevent additional damage.

The Korea Coast Guard suspects poor weather conditions and high waves to be the main cause of the crash, but the maritime police say they will launch a probe to determine the exact cause of the accident as soon as the clean-up work is finished.

Arirang News / Feb. 17, 2014 11:27 KST