Suspected oil spill found after vessel collision in East China Sea
According to sources with the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), a Chinese marine surveillance plane discovered a small suspected oil spill near the site of Wednesday's collision in the East China Sea.
The collision, which involved a Panama-registered oil tanker and a Hong Kong-registered bulk cargo ship, occurred in waters some 160 nautical miles (296 km) off China’s east coast at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday.
The 274-meter "SANCHI" oil tanker was carrying 136,000 tons of oil.
Based on the ongoing hydrology and meteorological conditions, the accident will not affect coastal water at the moment, said Zhou Qing, a researcher with an SOA monitoring center.