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 MSC Ilona

SpillsMSC Ilona

The container ship MSC Ilona, en route from Shenzhen to Shanghai, was hit by the Panamanian container ship Hyundai Advance, damaging her machine room. She lost 450 tonnes of bunker fuel at the mouth of Pearl River. Response operations were oragnised and significant damage was feared in what was the biggest oil spill ever to occur in Chinese waters.

Name: MSC Ilona

Date: 7 December 2004

Location: China

Accident area: Pearl River, Guangdong

Cause of spill: collision

Type of pollutant: bunker fuel

Quantity spilled: 450 tonnes

Ship type: container ship

Flag: German

Owner: MSC

Last update: April 2006

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