Oil spills into Yellow Sea after huge tanker crashes off coast of China

A Liberian-flagged oil tanker has crashed off the coast of China and is spilling oil into the Yellow Sea.

The tanker, named A Symphony, is capable of carrying around one million barrels of oil and was struck by a bulk carrier.

The Suezmax tanker was anchored at the Qingdao port, the biggest crude-receiving terminal for China, which is the world’s largest importer.

Shipping data showed the tanker last called at Linggi International Transhipment Hub, near Malacca in Malaysia, earlier this month.

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

Managers of the tanker Goodwood Ship Management said she collided with bulk carrier Sea Justice.

The collision happened at around 8.50am local time on April 27, the company added.

A statement said: ‘The force of the impact on the forward port side caused a breach in way of No. 2 Port ballast tank, with a quantity of oil lost into the ocean. All of the crew have since been accounted for, and there are no injuries.’

Experts in oil spills have been deployed to begin clean up operations, China’s Shandong Maritime Safety Administration said.

Nearby vessels have been instructed to not go within 10 nautical miles of the location of the incident.

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