Fuel Oil Cargo Spilled From Tanker in Philippines: Report

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Thursday March 2, 2023

A fuel oil cargo has started to leak from a tanker that sank off the Philippines earlier this week.

The tanker Princess Empress was carrying an 800,000-litre fuel oil cargo from Bataan province to Iloilo when it sank after engine problems on Tuesday, news agency Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.

A spill initially thought to be diesel from the vessel's bunker tanks has now been determined to be fuel oil, according to the report. The spill had spread over a nine-square-mile area by Wednesday. 

"A ship's structural integrity may be compromised during sinking, and it may develop a hole through which oil will leak under pressure," the report cited a coast guard representative as saying.