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Witwater; Galeta Island, Canal Zone, Panama

Galeta Island, Canal Zone, Panama | 1968-Dec-13

Initial Notification: On December 13, 1968, the oil tanker Witwater broke up in heavy seas off the Atlantic coast of Panama. The breakup of the vessel, and continued leaking of the wreck spilled 14,000 barrels of Bunker C and diesel oil into the water 5 miles from Galeta Island. The oil eventually impacted Galeta Island. Keyword: Fire.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Diesel, Bunker C
Total amount at risk of spill: 588,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 9° 35.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 80° 40.00′ West
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Unknown/Not applicable
In-Situ Burn: Applied
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable