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Mysterious, Abandoned Oil Tanker Washes Up on Beach

No one knows where its crew is

(Newser) - A 210-foot-long oil tanker washed up on the shores of Africa this week; its crew was nowhere to be found. The Guardian reports the abandoned ship, the Tamaya 1, is now the subject of an investigation to find out what happened. The tanker, registered in Panama, was supposed to be... More »

World's Biggest Traffic Jam May Be at Sea

125 oil-carrying supertankers are currently stuck in traffic

(Newser) - Current oil markets have turned the ocean into a Los Angeles freeway at rush hour for supertankers, Reuters reports. Approximately 125 supertankers carrying $7.5 billion worth of oil are currently anchored at sea while waiting in line at ports around the world. If put end-to-end, they would stretch for... More »

Lit Cigarette Causes Deadly Oil Truck Blast: Officials

More than 100 may have been killed as they siphoned fuel from South Sudan tanker

(Newser) - Local officials say hospitals in the Western Equatoria of South Sudan are struggling to deal with the dead and wounded after an oil truck exploded yesterday, killing between 85 and 100 people so far and injuring at least 50, the AP and Reuters report. Why there were so many people... More »

Navy SEALs Seize Hijacked Oil Tanker

Libyan rebels had been trying to sell oil on black market

(Newser) - US Navy SEALs boarded a hijacked oil tanker early today in international waters off Cyprus, wresting control of the vessel from Libyan rebels who were attempting to sell the oil on the black market. The Morning Glory initially sailed into a Libyan port under a North Korean flag early last... More »

Oil Tanker Hits San Francisco's Bay Bridge

No oil spill reported after crash

(Newser) - An empty oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog yesterday but the Coast Guard believes no oil was spilled into the bay. A large amount of absorbent boom was deployed as a precaution after the crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. There was... More »

US Destroyer Collides With Tanker in Gulf

USS Porter still operating under own power, damage being assessed

(Newser) - The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early today but that no one was injured in the accident. The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1am local time, the US Navy said in... More »

Iran Trying to Hide Its Massive Oil Tankers

...by turning off ships' GPS

(Newser) - Oil sanctions are posing a growing problem for Iran, prompting officials to resort to some odd—and illegal—tactics. Struggling to find buyers, the country has been storing oil on tankers whose satellite systems have been turned off since early last month, thus breaking maritime rules, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Crashed Cargo Ship's Captain Arrested

...as New Zealand prime minister warns ship could break apart

(Newser) - Bad news keeps spilling out of the cargo ship Rena , and New Zealand wants to hold her captain responsible. Officials say the captain has been arrested for “operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk,” reports the BBC , which notes that the Rena plowed into... More »

NZ to Pump Oil From Grounded Cargo Ship

Bad weather looms, could break up ship

(Newser) - Crews are getting ready to pump some of the 1,700 metric tons of fuel aboard a cargo ship grounded off the coast of New Zealand, as gale-force wind and rain forecast for tomorrow threatens to break up the Liberian-flagged Rena and trigger an environmental disaster. "The top priority... More »

Constant Oil Leaks Killing Gibraltar Bay: Critics

Spain and UK feud while spills threaten the strait's ecosystem

(Newser) - As blame spreads between Spain and the UK, so too does ecosystem-destroying oil in the Strait of Gibraltar. Europe's No. 1 transfer port, located between the towering Rock of Gibraltar and the Spanish fishing town of Algercias is, on any one day, home to tens of oil tankers and... More »

Bin Laden Wanted to Hit Oil Tankers

Abbottabad documents show he wanted to spike oil prices

(Newser) - When Osama bin Laden wasn't maybe watching porn, he was apparently plotting his next devastating attack. Documents pulled from bin Laden's Abbottabad compound indicate that the terror leader next was planning to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea, reports the AP —an attempt he... More »

Oil Tanker Explodes, Kills 204 in Congo

Many victims were indoors watching World Cup match

(Newser) - At least 204 people were killed in Congo when a tanker truck transporting oil flipped over and exploded overnight in the east of the country, a Red Cross official said today. The truck was carrying fuel from neighboring Tanzania when it overturned at high speed late yesterday in the village... More »

Hey, BP: Supertankers Could Clean Up Spill

They suck up vast quantities of polluted water; oil is filtered out in port

(Newser) - A former Shell Oil president has some advice for BP: Use supertankers to suck up the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico. He says the Saudis used it in a hush-hush cleanup project after a spill in the early '90s dumped hundreds of millions of gallons. The Saudis "figured... More »

Russia Frees Pirates Who Seized Tanker

They even got their boats back

(Newser) - The pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released, despite initial tough talk about taking them to Russia to face trial. "Imperfections" in international law forced the change in course, a defense ministry spokesman told the AP today, declining to elaborate. Some countries... More »

Gulf Crews Prepare to Lower Containment Dome

Move to cap BP spill fraught with unknowns

(Newser) - Crews prepared today to lower a 100-ton box they hoped would cut off most of the crude spewing from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, the urgency of their task underscored by oil that started washing up on delicate barrier islands. If the concrete-and-steel box works, it could... More »

Yemeni Forces Free Tanker, Nab 11 Pirates

Three marines wounded in gunfire

(Newser) - Yemeni forces freed a hijacked Yemeni oil tanker and arrested 11 Somali pirates yesterday, the AP reports, with the country's coast guard exchanging gunfire with the pirates and taking control of the vessel Qana. Three marines were wounded, CNN adds. The tanker had been hijacked earlier in the day while... More »

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