Crude oil spill, Koh Sichang, Thailand

Some 60-80 tons of Arab Light Crude leaked from faulty pipe into Koh Sichang – Laem Chabang waters, Thailand, in the evening Sep 3. Tanker was offloading crude via Single Mooring Buoy No.2 when the leak occurred. Cleansing under way, tanker is surrounded by booms. Tanker wasn’t identified, but according to charts and photos, she can be identified as VLCC KALLISTA. Tanker arrived at Koh Sichang – Laem Chabang anchorage early Sep 3, from Saudi Arabia.
Crude oil tanker KALLISTA, IMO 9411965, dwt 317441, built 2010, flag Panama, manager Altomare SA, Greece.



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