Two pipelines at an oil storage belonging to the China National Petroleum Corp, China’s biggest oil company, exploded in Dalian's Xingang Harbour in Liaoning province on Friday July 16. The blast, which happened after a Libyan-flagged tanker discharged its load at the port, triggered a spill of approximately 1,500 tonnes of crude oil into the Yellow sea off Dalian. Although the fire which lasted throughout the weekend has now been successfully put off, the authorities predicted that cleaning-up the spill will take up to 10 days. Meanwhile, investigators are also trying to determine the cause of the accident.
Following the accident, the Chinese authorities rushed dozens of oil-skimming vessels to the site to remove the slick off the port. Around 1,000 fishing vessels were also mobilized to aid with the cleaning operation. As of Monday, the spill which initially covered 50 square kilometers has been reduced to 45 square kilometers.
China rushes to clean up oil spill after pipeline blast [Channel NewsAsia, 19 July 2010]