The collision between two ships in Shanghai has caused one of the largest oil spills in history. An accident that has killed 30 people and that has already had disastrous consequences for the environment.
On January 6, the Iranian oil company Sanchi collided with a ship from Hong Kong on its way to South Korea. Driven by strong winds, the ship reached the China Sea before sinking on Sunday. On Monday morning, the Chinese and Japanese authorities announced that the accident was caused by an oil spill of more than 100 km2. It is, therefore, one of the biggest oil disasters of this decade.
The 32 people aboard the Sanchi did not survive the explosions caused by the impact of the two ships. In addition, rescues were extremely difficult due to the very high temperature inside the tank. China mobilized several rescue boats to help the Iranian ship. The sinking of ships has worsened the situation, as more oil has been dumped into the China Sea.
For Richard Steiner, specialist in oil spills, this accident is the largest condensate discharge (ultra-light crude oil) in the nature of the entire history of oil. The consequences of this disaster will be serious for the environment, but also for the economy. The area where the tanker sank is a very prolific fishing area, so many species of animals will be affected by such amount of fuel oil. According to experts, the oil spill could cause the disappearance of several families of fish.
A disaster for the environment and for the economy. For tourism it should not affect too much since the incident occurred 300 kilometers from the Chinese coasts. However, there is a risk of interruptions in the transport lines between Shanghai and Japan. This disaster will take a long cleanup job, as well as an irreversible ecological damage that can destroy forever the habitat of some wild animals in the region.
Source: Easy Viajar