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M/V Tasman Spirit

Feature Date: August, 2003

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 "Broken Spirit"

On The Scene

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The Time: Morning

The Date: Sunday 27 July 2003

The Place: Port of Karachi, Pakistan

M/T Tasman Spirit
From The Cargo Letter>> Greek M/T Tasman Spirit, with 67,500 tons of crude, grounded off Karachi port since July 27, likely to break into 2 parts within next 12 hours, which could cause a massive oil spill threatening marine life, mangrove forests -- unleashing ecological disaster. Estimated approximately 44,000 tons of crude still aboard. (Sat. Aug. 9 2003)

UPDATE>> M/T Tasman Spirit has broken in half. Major oil spill now at hand. Pakistani port officials warned of major oil spill along S. coastline -- growing slick of oil washed ashore along main beaches outside Karachi bringing toxic fumes & hundreds of dead fish, sea birds & turtles. More than 1,000 policemen, with masks, deployed to close sea front. (Fri. Aug. 15 2003)


The Greek-registered M/T Tasman Spirit ran aground July 27 in monsoon rains and high tides with between 378,000 gallons and 450,000 gallons aboard. Oil has been leaking since. It isn't known how much oil spilled when the tanker broke apart on Aug. 14. A federal official said the 220,000 gallons still in the ship were secure.
Vessels from Britain and Singapore - arrived at the Karachi port on Aug. 13 to help with the cleanup. Tasman Spirit owner Polembros has been fined Rs10M (US$172,400) for pollution caused by oil spilt from the tanker after its July 27 grounding and subsequent breakup on Aug. 15

Ther are rumors about the fate of the vessel's Greek officers & Filipino crew. Orders may have been issued for their detention, pending the outcome of an inquiry.

Divers have begun assessing the condition of the two sections of the ship, which officials estimate still contain 35,000 tons of Iranian light crude, ahead of a hoped-for resumption of lightering operations. The halves would first have to be secured with 4 tugs and the operation would take at least ten days to complete. The operation has been made technically very difficult by the breakup, because oil can no longer siphoned from one tank to another.

Dead fish and sea turtles covered in sticky oil continue to wash ashore. The damage appeared severe on nearby beaches, slicked with oil.

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From The Cargo Letter>> UPDATE: Officials at Karachi port refused to disclose how much more oil has spilled, but local residents say slick has reached shore. Huge oil slick from M/T Tasman Spirit hit Karachi coast last week, polluting sea & damaging marine life. M/T Tasman Spirit, chartered by Pakistan's national shipping corporation, was carrying 62,000 tons of crude oil when it ran aground in late July. Some of the oil has been pumped out, but port authorities say they have not been able to do much. Beach has been closed to public. (Fri. 22 Aug. 2003)

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.  It's dangerous out there.

Contributor To Our "Broken Sprit" Feature
Our Contributor is Stan Verstaendig
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