Work to remove oil from stricken tanker off China nearly finished

Canadian Tire containers are seen near cranes at Qingdao port
Gavin Maguire
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By Gavin Maguire

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Efforts to remove the cargo of an oil tanker that leaked oil into the Yellow Sea near China's Qingdao after a collision last week should be completed later on Tuesday, the vessel's manager said.

The A Symphony was anchored roughly 40 nautical miles off the coast of Qingdao when it was struck in dense fog by the bulk carrier Sea Justice on April 27. The collision ruptured A Symphony's cargo and ballast tanks, causing it to leak roughly 400 tonnes of its bitumen mix cargo.

A Symphony's manager, Goodwood Ship Management, said there were no injuries to the crew, and clean-up operations commenced as soon as weather conditions improved enough to allow specialist cleaning and repair vessels to travel to the site.

(Graphic: Other ships steer clear of ‘A Symphony’ as oil spill clean-up continues off Qingdao, China - https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/oakpewkajpr/ASymphonyVesselGap.png)

Work to unload the tanker's cargo, known as lightering, has continued since Friday, Goodwood said in a statement, and when complete the vessel will depart for further assessment and repairs. The company has yet to confirm which shipyard will handle the repairs.

(Graphic: Bulk carrier collides with oil tanker at Qingdao Bulk carrier collides with oil tanker at Qingdao - https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-OIL/SPILL/qzjvqzlbapx/chart.png)

The 272 metre-long, 46 metre-wide oil tanker was sold in May 2019 to its new owners Symphony Shipholding SA and NGM Energy, Equasis data showed.

(Reporting By Gavin Maguire in Singapore; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)