Tasman Spirit Oil Spill roundup

The area around the Tasman Spirit is still black, but about a kilometer away from the broken up wreck the sea seems as clear as it used to be. At least to the naked eye that is. It is hard to comprehend the long-term effects of the spill. Clifton beach has been cleaned up, but there doesn’t seem to be any further cleanup work being done anymore. They’re still cleaning up in Alaska more than a decade after the Exxon Valdez, so the cleanup can’t just be finished so fast. Karachi’s coastline was already “badly polluted”:http://www.american.edu/projects/mandala/TED/karachi.htm and the oil spill is just more icing on the cake.

Somehow, Clifton beach just doesn’t seem the same anymore. Maybe its the mental image of a blackened beach, and oil on the water as far as the eye could see, coupled with toxic fumes. The locals seem to feel that things are getting back to normal, but if one reads some of the more scientific studies on the oil spill than it’s really depressing. It’s not just the ‘posh localities’ being affected as Ahmad Ali put it, but hundreds of miles of coastline.


h4. Previous Tasman Spirt Entries

_I had posted earlier on the Tasman Spirit day by day, so here are all those posts in chronological order, with the newest at the bottom._

* “Spill Feared from Grounded Oil Tanker”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/spill_feared_from_grounded_oil_tanker.html

* “Pakistan oil spill update”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/pakistan_oil_spill_update.html

* “Day 2 of Oil Salvage Operation”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/_2_of_oil_salvage_operation.html

* “Day 3 of Oil Salvage Operation”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_3_of_oil_salvage_operation.html

* “Day 4 of Oil Salvage Operation”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_4_of_oil_salvage_operation.html

* “Day 5: Oil Spill”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_5_oil_spill.html

* “Day 6: Heavy operational spillage from Tasman Spirit”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_6_heavy_operational_spillage_from_tasman_spirit.html

* “Troubled waters off the coast of Karachi”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/troubled_waters_off_the_coast_of_karachi.html

* “Pakistan Oil Spill Buzz”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/pakistan_oil_spill_buzz.html

* “Day 8: More oil spills”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_8_more_oil_spills.html

* “Day 9: Navy ship resumes oil salvage from Tasman Spirit”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_9_navy_ship_resumes_oil_salvage_from_tasman_spirit.html

* “Day 10-12: Oil Spill”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/day_1012_oil_spill.html

* “Oil spill off Pakistan worse than first thought”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/oil_spill_off_pakistan_worse_than_first_thought.html

* “KPT sues PNSC sues MT Tasman Spirit”:KPT sues PNSC sues MT Tasman Spirit

* “Tasman Spirit: Karachi Oil Spill Update”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_09/tasman_spirit_karachi_oil_spill_update.html

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  1. Although it is visually clean. But I also feel as if it is not really clean. I have read that some chemicals get absored by the sand and the ground and stay there. Which takes ages to clean it up. So in effect it really is not that clean. But the government has all but given up in the cleaning.

  2. hi i m a student of marine biology & want to know the techniques which has been used for clean the coast and offshore and also the effect of monsoon on the coast fauna and flora.

  3. hi i m student of chemistry and i want to impact of tasman oil spill on ground water and vertical distribution of heavy metal in bottom sediments and how metals leak into grouind water

  4. i m student of chemistry and i want to know about impact of TASMAN OIL SPILL on ground water and how heavy metals distribute vertically in botton sediments and leak in ground water

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