Pertamina says east Indonesia oil spill contained

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Posted: Aug 02, 2013 9:35 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it has managed to contain an oil spill from a tanker leak in the eastern province of North Maluku.

An oil tanker carrying 7,000 kiloliters (1.8 million gallons) of gasoline and diesel fuel crashed into a jetty while unloading at an oil terminal in Ternate, the province's capital, late Tuesday, breaking one of the ship's 12 storage compartments.

Ali Mundakir, a Pertamina spokesman, said Friday that the accident caused some fuel to leak from the compartment into the water, but that not all of it spilled.

Mundakir said the company has worked since Wednesday to contain the spill and help minimize damage to the environment.

He said the company is now preparing to move the tanker, MT Patriot Andalan.