DAMAGE CONTAINED FROM SPILL OFF AUSTRALIA

Quick action and favorable currents last week kept the biggest oil spill off Australia from creating significant environmental damage. About 70,000-85,000 bbl of light crude spilled into the Indian Ocean off Western Australia July 21 when the Kirki, a Greek tanker, sheared off at the bow and caught fire 40 km off the coast about 250 km north of Perth. First press reports had placed the spill volume at more than 140,000 bbl.

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