Oman: Shipwreck Raises Pollution Concerns

23 Jul 2007 by Local Press Report

—The pollution control department at the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources is on the alert for possible environmental contamination due to leakage from a Korean ship that sank off man's east coast. "We are being very vigilant for any fuel oil or other hazardous material that may leak from the Orchid Sun. "Our apparatus remains fully mobilized, and is ready to respond should any leak be detected," pollution control superintendent general Sayyid Sulaiman bin Mohammed al Busaidy said. The main concern is that the ship's fuel tanks may have been damaged when it hit the sea floor; the ship could have been carrying up to 15,000 tons of fuel oil and other lubricants, Busaidy said...

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