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Bright Artemis

Bright Artemis
Accident date
Persian Gulf
Accident area
290 km West of the Nicobar Islands
Spill area
Cause of spill
Quantity transported
250, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
light crude oil
Quantity spilled
4, 500 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
324 m
56 m
Mitsui Osk Lines (MOL)

On 14 August 2006, the Bright Artemis was transporting 250,000 tonnes of oil from the Persian Gulf to Japan when she received a distress signal from the cargo ship Amar and decided to come to the rescue. There was a strong wind. The cargo ship was thrown by a strong gust and hit the oil tanker. The hull of the Bright Artemis was torn open over an area of 5 m².

Two of the tanker’s tanks were damaged and leaked. The oil was rapidly transferred into the tanks which remained intact. The volume of oil released at sea was estimated at 4,500 tonnes.

The incident occurred far from the coast and the pollution was therefore not a threat to the shoreline. As the quantities were relatively small and far from land, Mitsui OSK Lines decided not to take action and to leave the marine environment and evaporation to eliminate the spill.



Last update on 10/04/2007
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