- Hebei Spirit Incident (7 December 2007)
- An oil spill incident occurred in Taean coastal area, near the port of Incheon, Republic of Korea, around 7:30 am on 7 December 2007 (36-6.00, 126-2.09). Due to the collision of Hebei Spirit (Hong kong, 146,000 G.T) with a towed barge Samsung 1, Hebei Spirit began leaking an estimated 10,500 kl (8,000 tonnes) of crude oil on 7 December 2007. Spilled oils are spreading in Taean coastal area by winds and tides, and the thin oil slicks are also spreading on sea surface to south, about 25 nm long and 1 nm width. In order to respond the oil spill incident, all available pollution response resources, i.e., oil booms, skimmers, sorbents, etc, are being mobilized in Korea under the control of Korea Coast Guard (KCG) and Korea Marine Pollution Response Corporation (KMPRC). As of December 9 2007, about 20 km of Taean coast (with 10 ?30 m width) has been blackened by the spilled oil. It was reported that fishing ground (2,100 ha) and 6 beaches (221 ha) were also polluted. Most spilt oil covered Taean beach, and coastal clean-up is activated to remove the spilt oil by about 7,000 people including Korea Coast Guard (KCG), KMPRC, local authorities, military men and local volunteers. There is no longer spillage from the Heibei Spirit because 3 holes were finally sealed. The ship will be moved near a port.
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