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Tanker sinks at jetty, spills oil

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Oil spilled from capsized tanker 'Moon' is seen in the water of Karnaphuli river Sunday.

AN oil tanker which sank Saturday night at Chittagong Port while loading fuel is spilling oil now.

The privately owned tanker, ‘Moon’, is yet to be salvaged, our correspondent in Chittagong reported.

It could not be estimated immediately how much oil has already been spilled.

‘Moon’, a local which loads fuel from tanks in the jetties to supply it to other sea-going vessels, started sinking slowly at around 11:30pm after it was loaded with nearly 150 tonnes of fuel, Chittagong Port Authority Secretary Syed Farhad Uddin Ahmed told The Daily Star Sunday.

The Chittagong Port Radio Office also confirmed the incident.

A team of divers from the Bangladesh Navy, after the incident, managed to tie the ship to the jetty to prevent it from going down the main channel, the secretary added.

By morning it was noticed that the tanker was spilling oil in Karnaphuli river.

Witnesses said the oil started spreading fast after the tide began around the noon.

Three sea waste cleaner vessels were sent to the spot to clean the water around by the same time.

Explaining what the cleaner vessels do Farhad Uddin said: “The cleaning vessels will spray a kind of chemical on the floating oil to damage the ingredients that pollutes the water.”

The reason behind the overturn could not be known immediately.

Syed Farhad claimed the ship was not overloaded, adding that Moon’s capacity is more than 150 tonnes.

Senior port officials visited the spot after the mishap.


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