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MT Hebei Spirit; Korea

Korea | 2007-Dec-07

Initial Notification: A crane barge owned by Samsung collided with the M/V HEBEI SPIRIT on December 8, 2007, 10 km (6.2 miles) off the coast of South Korea, west of Taean county. The M/V HEBEI SPIRIT sustained 3 large punctures and subsequently released an estimated 2.8 million gallons of crude oil. The vessel is currently anchored and has temporary patches on all of the punctures. Over 160 km (100 miles) of coastline have been impacted, with the heaviest concentrations of oil being Teaen county and points 30 miles to the north. Reports from the joint USCG/NOAA team assisting the Korean Coast Guard.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Crude oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 3,200,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 36° 49.93′ North
Longitude (approximate): 126° 2.46′ East
On-Water Recovery: Applied
Shoreline Cleanup: Applied
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable
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