2007 South Korea oil spill
|2007 South Korean oil spill|
Map of Daesan port,
|Location||Daesan port, |
|Date||December 7, 2007|
|Cause||Collision of crane barge with MT Hebei Spirit|
|Area||330,000 m2 (3,600,000 sq ft)|
|Shoreline impacted||33 km (21 mi)|
The MT Hebei Spirit oil spill was a major
At about 7:30 local time on 7 December 2007 (2230 UTC on 6 December 2007), a
Although no casualties were reported, the collision punctured three of the five tanks aboard the Hebei Spirit and resulted in the leaking of some 10,800 tonnes (11,900 short tons) of oil. The remaining oil from the damaged tanks was pumped into the undamaged tanks and the holes were sealed.
The spill occurred near Mallipo Beach (in Taean County), considered one of South Korea's most beautiful and popular beaches. The region affected by the spill is home to one of Asia's largest wetland areas, used by migratory birds, and also contains a national maritime park and 445 sea farms.