March 26, 2005 |
Sparks from a welder's torch started a raging fire on a moored Greek tanker, killing three people, officials and witnesses said. Twelve other people were feared dead. The inferno forced the closure of the West African nation's sole oil refinery. The blaze touched off an explosion aboard the MV Polaris at Ghana's main port of Tema, 12 miles east of the capital, Accra, witnesses said.
November 15, 2002 |
Salvage tugs hauled a stricken oil tanker away from Spain's craggy northwestern coast as authorities battled to contain a 20-mile slick threatening the region's pristine beaches. The tanker, carrying 77,000 tons of fuel oil, spilled an estimated 5,000 tons of oil before strong winds subsided around midday, allowing two tugs to attach tow lines to the vessel.
January 17, 2006 |
A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire on a major New York City highway, blocking traffic and interrupting service on a subway line. A tower of dense smoke could be seen for miles. The driver was able to escape and no one else was hurt when the Mobil truck overturned at midday on the six-lane Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, said Jim Tuller, a police chief for the borough of Queens.
July 16, 1989 |
A Chevron tanker carrying 16.5 million gallons of crude oil ran aground 10 miles south of here, but there was no oil leakage or damage to the vessel's hull, a Coast Guard spokesman said Saturday. The 785-foot tanker R. Hal Dean became stuck in mud Friday evening and was refloated by Saturday morning with the help of five tugboats, a spokesman said. Some of the oil was removed to help refloat the tanker, officials said.
December 20, 2001 |
U.S. Navy sailors in the Persian Gulf enforcing an oil embargo on Iraq forcibly boarded an oil tanker that American officials said refused to let investigators on board. The U.S. action drew protest from Iran. The boarding team determined that the Belize-flagged tanker was not violating the oil embargo and allowed the vessel to proceed, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. David Lapan said in Washington.
December 8, 2004 |
A Greek tanker that spilled as much as half a million gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River last month apparently gashed its hull on a discarded pipe protruding from the river bottom, the Coast Guard said in Philadelphia. Sonar located the 15-foot, U-shaped pipe. Investigators found gouges on it and traces of paint that matched the ship.
June 28, 2001 |
Indonesian naval forces stormed a hijacked Singaporean oil tanker and arrested the pirate gang that seized the vessel last week. The Selayang, chartered by Shell Oil Co., was hijacked June 19 after it left Port Dickson, Malaysia. It was bound for Labuan, Malaysia. Authorities in Malaysia and Singapore assisted Indonesia in the arrest operation. There was no immediate word on the crew's fate.
February 8, 1990 |
Ever since the Exxon Valdez disaster blackened Alaska's Prince William Sound last March, state and federal officials have warned that California's coastline could not be protected from an oil spill even one-tenth the size. At the same time, the United States warned last year that there was a 94% chance of a major oil spill off the Southern California coast during the next 30 years.
October 9, 1998 |
The Coast Guard has traced last month's messy oil spills along the Northern California coast to the 717-foot Liberian-flag tanker Command. The ship was boarded Monday while en route to Panama, where a formal investigation is to be held, Coast Guard Capt. Harlan Henderson said Thursday. "This was the first time the Coast Guard has pursued a spill into the international arena," he said at a news conference. Samples from a small spill Sept.
May 15, 1989 |
Fire erupted Sunday morning on a Liberian tanker carrying 450,000 barrels of crude oil, but the U.S. Coast Guard said the cargo was not threatened and the blaze was extinguished nine hours later. Two crew members on the 810-foot Jalinga were treated for smoke inhalation, officials said.