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Tanker New Assurance crashed into Panama oil terminal causing damage to its structure and oil leakage

The tanker "New Assurance" collided with the structure of the Panama Oil Terminal in Baru District, Chiriqui Province on the morning of April 11 (Saturday), resulting in the latter structure damaged and a small amount of fuel leaked.

Tanker New Assurance crashed into Panama oil terminal causing damage to its structure and oil leakage
26 May 2020 - 11:39 - Update: 26 May 2020 - 15:30

The tanker "New Assurance" collided with the structure of the Panama Oil Terminal in Baru District, Chiriqui Province on the morning of April 11 (Saturday), resulting in the latter structure damaged and a small amount of fuel leaked.

According to reports, the incident caused a small amount of the oil to leak into the Pacific waters. The technical staff of the Environmental Performance Check Section of the Ministry of Environment and the Panama Maritime Safety Administration conducted an inspection to determine that there was no impact on marine animals. Since the company that owns the terminal has implemented the agreement established to deal with these incidents, it is possible to effectively control the leakage of 20 gallons of crude oil by using 458 meters of MK9 to contain and apply biodegradable substances.

In the next few days, the Ministry of Environment will inspect the site and maintain continuous communication with the company's technical staff and other relevant agencies.

It should be noted that the work of the cleaning staff continued until late Saturday night, patrolling around the pier to exclude the presence of hydrocarbons.

In addition, damage repairs to the ship must be carried out in other countries, because Panama does not currently have a suitable shipyard to carry out repair work. The only shipyard is in the Balboa area, but it is closed.

Source: Panama News Network compiled from La Prensa News

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