Spills The collision of a German cargo ship, leaving for Brazil from the port of Buenos Aires, with a Liberian-flagged Shell Oil Co. tanker caused a large oil spill on Jan. 15. The collision occurred 25 km offshore in the Rio de la Plata estuary. The spilled oil covered 100,000 sq m of water. According to reports, the spill did not reach the coast or the shipping canal. Cleanup efforts-involving 2,500 m of floating dykes, support barges, and vacuum pumps-resulted in the pickup of over 150 cu m of crude oil. No injuries were reported. The Port Authority of Milford Haven, Wales, was fined a record £4 million for a 528,000-bbl oil spill that occurred when the Nor...

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