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MOL tanker holed in rescue attempt

Tokyo: Mitsui OSK Lines reports that its tanker Bright Artemis carrying 250,000 tonnes of crude from the Gulf to Japan yesterday received a distress signal and went to the rescue of a 10,208dwt vessel, the Singapore-flag Amar, ablaze about 300 miles west of the Great Nicobar Island in the Indian Ocean. During the rescue the smaller vessel was blown up against the VLCC and breached her hull, causing an estimated 4,500 tons of crude to leak. Oil from the damaged tanks was then transferred to other tanks and the vessel proceeded slowly eastwards. No crew were injured or lost. The incident compounds a wretched couple of weeks for MOL following the disabling of the Cougar Ace car carrier in late July.   [15/08/06]

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