Pertamina's Tanker Spills Oil in the Molucca Sea

The KM Patriot Andalan tanker owned by Indonesia's national oil and gas company Pertmina spilled 5,400 tons of oil into the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia.

The vessel, which was carrying 7,000 tons of oil, was anchored at the port of Ternate in North Maluku when high seas caused a rupture in the connection linking the tanker and the transfer pipe, said Bagus Handoko, Pertamina's distribution manager, as quoted by Indonesian daily Jakarta Globe.

Workers managed to unload 1,600 tons of premium fuel and diesel from the tanker, with the remaining spilling into the sea.

“We are currently trying to contain the oil spill and prevent it from expanding further, while trying to neutralize the oil already spilled into the sea,” Handoko said.

This is the second oil spill in Southeast Asia within a week. A pipeline operated by Thai company PTT pcl's unit PTT Global Chemical leaked about 314 barrels (50,000 liters) of crude oil into the Gulf of Thailand Saturday causing an oil spill that is still being clean up.

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