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Friday, August 22 2014 @ 05:35 PM EDT

Old Broken Pipe Causes Fuel Spill in Panama Canal

Canal Daily Operation #Panama - Following the break of an old pipe, an undetermined amount of bunker fuel spilled near the Vasco Nez de Balboa naval base (formerly Rodman). The damaged pipe was no longer being used. According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the pipe broke at about 9:00 pm yesterday, Wednesday, but did not affect ship transit of the Panama Canal. It is still unknown the exact amount of spilled bunker. The Spill Control staff of the ACP is in the area picking up the spilled bunker, which, according to the ACP, did not affect a "large perimeter" of the shores of the Panama Canal on the west side near the naval base. At 9:30 am on Thursday, the Spill Control staff had already finished collecting the fuel that had spilled into the sea. In this area there are pipes and fuel storage tanks. (Prensa)
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