Chemical Tanker Runs Aground on Clipperton Island

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Some terrible news for the atoll reefs at Clipperton Island broke today when Reef Builders reported that a chemical tanker, which ran aground over a week ago, has leaked Xylene and other toxic chemicals into nearby waters.

The ship, a Maltese chemical tanker called the”Sichem Osprey”, was on its way from Panama Canal to South Korea when it ran aground on February 11th. The cargo included thousands of tons of Xylene, an industrial solvent.

What sickens me about the whole ordeal is that the ship had to travel so close to an atoll. There are thousands of miles of deeper water all around the island and the ship had to run right into it. Perhaps it was the shortest route, but going slightly out of the way wouldn’t have been a terrible setback. Now, the islands are severely threatened.

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  • John Taylor

    As a member of the salvage team, the tanker Sichem Osprey was refloated safely and DID NOTcause any pollution whatsoever. Being a new tanker with double hull we have good reason to believe that several areas of the outer hull were damaged as there were leaks into the segregated ballast tanks, but the integrity of the cargo tanks remained secure.
    A good recommendation for double hull tankers!!

  • Mally Johnston

    Well done John

    • rockhoppa

      Good work indeed by the salvors and a great testament to double skin tanker design, but it doesn't explain how a ship can run over an island that is charted and run the risk of pollution. I find it astonishing in these days of so-called advances in technology that incidents like this are as prevalent as they have always been. I don't have any actual facts and figures to back up this claim, but it seems there are as many, if not more, navigational incidents occuring.

      • i agree. modern technology should be preventing these incidents. but you also have to understand that media sources are also more prevalent. we hear about more incidents, even though the events may not be more numerous today.

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