No serious oil spill found after ship’s sinking: EPA


TAIPEI, Taiwan — No evidence of serious oil pollution had been found following sinking Monday of the Panama-registered cargo ship Xin Yi off the coast of Miaoli in western Taiwan, an official from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

Chen Lung-chu, section chief of the EPA’s Department of Water Quality Protection, conjectured that as little as 10 percent of the vessel’s 300 tons of heavy fuel oil might be found in the sea, for which he offered two explanations.

First, northeast monsoon winds might have helped 90 percent of the oil evaporate within 24 hours of sinking, and second, since the cement carrier’s oil tanks were located in various parts of the ship, not all of them might have cracked open.

Three crewmen are still missing and one died when the cargo ship sailing from China to Brunei sank due to huge waves in the Taiwan Strait.