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Tanker rerouted from fuel depot runs aground in PR

Tanker rerouted from fuel depot runs aground in PR

An oil tanker ran aground off southeastern Puerto Rico after being rerouted because of a massive fuel depot explosion, but did not spill any of its cargo, officials said Wednesday.
The Port Stewart, a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, got stuck in sand and mud about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Yabucoa on Tuesday, Port Authority director Alvaro Pilar Vilagran said. Crews secured the tanker and unloaded 136,000 barrels of fuel.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported finding no leaks during an inspection of the ship.
Arriving from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, the Port Stewart was originally scheduled to unload at the Caribbean Petroleum Corp. in Bayamon, just west of San Juan, where 21 fuel tanks caught fire early Friday and burned for three days, spewing thick toxic smoke across the region.
Officials diverted the 570-foot (170-meter) tanker to Shell facilities in Yabucoa.


Updated : 2021-04-21 07:25 GMT+08:00