300 tons of oil leak in tanker collision off South China

Emergency maritime workers have succeeded in containing a spill of 300 tons of oil after an oil tanker collided with a container ship near Lingding Island in south China's Pearl River mouth on Monday.

The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Monday when the tanker carrying 1,989 tons of fuel oil struck the container ship with a load of 15,000 tons.

Two compartments of the tanker were severely damaged, causing the oil to spill into the sea.

Salvagers and craft sent by the Guangzhou Maritime Safety Administration arrived at 8:03 a.m.. Emergency measures were taken immediately to prevent the oil dispersing.

The command of the salvage crew made the decision to tow the tanker aground with a powerful tugboat to prevent in sinking.

At about 3 p.m. the tanker grounded 800 meters from the main sea route and the remaining oil was transferred to two other vessels.

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