AUTHORITIES in northeastern China have mobilised 1000 vessels to help clean up an oil spill in the Yellow Sea caused by a weekend pipeline explosion and fire.
Dozens of oil-skimming vessels were working to remove the slick off the port city of Dalian following Friday night's accident which spilled an estimated 1500 tonnes of crude into the sea, press reports said.
Another 1000 local fishing vessels have been ordered to aid the clean-up operation, the Dalian government said in a statement on its website.
Authorities predicted the clean-up would take 10 days.
The spill, which initially covered 50sq km had been reduced to 45 sq km as of today, the official China Central Television reported on its news website....MORE