- Title: PAKISTAN: DRAINING OF CRUDE OIL FROM A GROUNDED GREEK OIL TANKER IS DELAYED
- Date: 25th August 2003
- Summary: (W3) OFF THE COAST OF KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 23,2003) (REUTERS) 1. LV WRECKED SHIP; SALVAGE WORK IN PROGRESS; SHIP BROKEN IN TWO (9 SHOTS) 0.51 (W3)KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 2. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) BRIGADIER IFTEKHAR RASHEED, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS,KARACHI PORT TRUST SAYING "Yesterday some oil spilled, we contained it. Some of the spillage hit the beach but it is not as bad as some are saying. That is controllable spillage." 1.12 (W3)OFF THE COAST OF KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 3. SLV MORE OF STRICKEN TANKER; MV IFTEKHAR RASHEED LOOKING THROUGH BINNOCULARS (4 SHOTS) 1.36 (W3)KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 4. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) BRIGADIER IFTEKHAR RASHEED, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS,KARACHI PORT TRUST SAYING "Thank God, there has been no affect on the magnitude of our operation. There is also no affect on our import and export nor on trade." 1.48 (W3)OFF THE COAST OF KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 5. SLV BOAT SPRAYING CHEMICALS AROUND AFFECTED AREA TO PREVENT OIL SPILL FROM SPREADING (5 SHOTS) 2.14 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th September 2003 13:00
- Location: OFF THE COAST OF KARACHI AND KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Reuters ID: LVA9LOUP0VBYU0B95JFO1MG335R
- Story Text: The draining of crude from a grounded tanker off the
coast of Karachi is delayed.
An operation to siphon off thousands of tonnes of
crude oil from a Greek tanker grounded off the Pakistani
port of Karachi was delayed on Saturday (August 23, 2003) after
an oil salvage ship developed technical problems.
Efforts were under way to repair the Fair Jolly salvage
ship but it was not known when the operation would resume,
said officials of the Karachi Port Trust.
" Yesterday some oil spilled, we contained it. Some of
the spillage hit the beach but it is not as bad as some are
saying. That is controllable spillage," said Brigadier
Iftekhar Rasheed, General Manager Operations at Karachi
Bad weather and high tides had earlier halted efforts
to siphon off the oil from the Tasman Spirit, which was
carrying 67,500 tonnes of crude when it went aground
outside a channel leading to Karachi port on July 27.
The ship broke in two earlier this month.
The Tasman Spirit has spilled 12,000 to 15,000 tonnes
of crude into the sea, killing marine life and polluting
upscale Clifton beach in Karachi.
A 16 km (10 mile) stretch of Karachi's eastern coast
has been badly affected by the spill and authorities have
prohibited people from visiting the area.
The biggest oil spill in Pakistan's history has shaken
authorities and environmentalists, who have called for
swift action to control damage and stop leaks.
On Friday, the ship spilled more crude after tilting
and sinking deeper into the sea but Arshad did not see any
immediate danger of more spills as its tanks had been
Authorities have drained 30,000 tonnes of crude but
more than 20,000 tonnes are still on board.
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