06 Apr '18, 10am

Ship's anchor ripping up pipeline likely oil spill cause - The Straits Times #Shipping

JAKARTA • A coal ship that dropped anchor off the coast of the Indonesian port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island was likely to blame for an oil spill, after dragging a pipeline more than 100m and causing it to crack, an energy ministry official said yesterday. Indonesia declared a state of emergency this week after the spill and fire killed five fishermen. The Environment Ministry said the oil covered an area of nearly 13,000 ha and had polluted 60km of coastal ecosystems, including mangrove wetlands and marine mammal habitats. "We suspect the pipe was dragged by the ship that caught fire," oil and gas director general Djoko Siswanto told reporters yesterday. "At the time it was bad weather, so they had to drop anchor," Mr Siswanto said, noting it was an area where ships were not supposed to anchor. THE FINGER OF SUSPICION We suspect the pipe was dragged by the ship that...

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