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Tanker Pacific VLCC leaves Dalian Port after pipeline blast

Dalian: The Tanker Pacific Management very large crude carrier at berth in Dalian Port when pipeline explosions took place on Friday has been allowed to sail. The Cosmic Jewel was allowed to leave the port at 00-50hrs this morning after receiving clearance from the authorities Singapore-based Tanker Pacific said. The company said the vessel had completed discharging operations at 13-00hrs on Friday, Dalian Xin Gang Crude Oil Terminal and the explosion took place while the Cosmic Jewel was still alongside at 18-15hrs. "She was not discharging any cargo and had her manifold valves shut tight at the time of the reported fire incident," Tanker Pacific said. Meanwhile, in Dalian it has emerged that had been warnings over possible dangers in the area dating back several years. According to local organisation, as early as 2006, the accident site, Dalian Dagushan island region, was on the verification list of environmental risks. One of officials who participated in this verification said: "The pipeline exploded this time is on the ground, when we did environmental assessment at that time, what we concerned much are risks in sea and also terminal, but not ground risks." The site of the explosion was reported to be 1km inland. [20/07/10]

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