Tanker spills oil off South Korea

A Hong Kong-registered oil tanker leaked 66,000 barrels of crude oil off South Korea's stormy west coast on Friday, in what was estimated to be the nation's largest maritime oil spill, the New York Times reported.

A five-kilometer-long oil band was snaking slowly toward the coast, which is dotted with scenic beaches, wildlife habitats and oyster and
other fishing beds.

"So far we have no damage report," said Kim Jong-seok, an official at the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry. "Much will depend on how the sea
currents move in coming hours. We have 40 vessels out there fighting the oil spill."

The spill occurred when a crane-carrying vessel crashed into the tanker Hebei Spirit on Friday morning, about five nautical miles off
the coast near Taean, 150 kilometres southwest of Seoul. The collision created three gashes in the tanker’s hull.

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