Divers battle to repair stricken tanker
Monday 20 January 1997
Divers are trying to repair holes in the hull and tank of the Bahamian- registered Bona Fulmar, while rescue teams pump inert gas through the tanker in a bid to prevent an explosion.
It is hoped that the 47,000-tonne tanker, whose engines were not damaged in Saturday collision, could make her way to the nearby port of Rotterdam once repairs have taken place.
A spokesman for Dover coastguard said last night: "Work is still being carried out on the tanker and she might be able to move tonight, either with the help of tugs or under her own steam. Most of the spilled petrol seems to have now evaporated."
The Bona Fulmar collided with the Mexican chemical tanker Teoatl in thick fog off the coast of Ostend, 32 miles from Dover. Around 9,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol spilled from the ruptured tanker, which was heading for the North Sea. The Teoatl was undamaged
Experts said that the fact the Bona Fulmar was carrying unleaded petrol rather than oil averted what could have been a major ecological catastrophe.
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 3 The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Boxing Day snowfall set to push even more bargain-hunters online for sales
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...