A tanker [Nadezhda] loaded with 786 tons of fuel oil and diesel fuel was en route from Nevelsk to Vanino in Russia when rough conditions and strong winds have apparently contributed to the grounding of the vessel off Nevelsk on Sakhalin Island, Russia, spilling oil into the water.
The spill occurred after the hull and cargo tanks were breached.
The tanker’s crew of eight are safe. The local authorities have dispatched two vessels and more than 100 people to help with the cleanup. Around 105 cubic meters of contaminated sand was disposed. It will take at least two weeks for further cleanup. The oil in the tanks will be pumped out and the hull will be repaired before refloating.
The pollution is not expected to reach Japan.