Mystery Month-Long Grounding Threatens Beach Oil Spill
There are fears a small oil tanker left stranded on Mertasari Reef off Sanur after it ran aground outside Benoa harbour nearly a month ago may be holed or could break up, threatening to pollute beaches and the ocean with oil from its 23-tonne-capacity cargo tanks.
Port authorities won’t say who operates the tanker, which ran aground on November 6, but Bali Water Police chief Agus Tuta Supranggono, reported by state news agency Antara, says it belongs to the state oil-supply company Pertamina.
Supranggono said: “Following an investigative process, we were eventually able to identify the ship stuck on the reef for three weeks as a vessel owned by Pertamina.”
Plans are being made to attempt to refloat the ship on a favourable high tide on December 7, Islamic New Year.
The ship’s master and crew have remained on aboard the vessel since it ran aground to monitor the vessel’s condition and alert the authorities to any spillage risk.Filed under: Headlines