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Philippines bans single hulls

Manila: The Philippines has joined the Asia queue speeding up a ban on single-hull tankers, with phasing out scheduled as early as April.

The country's transportation undersecretary is reported to have said the move will bring forward the plans by two years.

Len Bautista, the transportation undersecretary, told Reuters that a schedule had yet to be finalised.

He said the move was undertaken to prevent another oil spill. The Philippines experienced its worst spill on August 11, 2006, when a tanker carrying bunker fuel for Petron sank off the central island of Guimaras (pictured).  [29/01/08]

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