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Fire Breaks Out On Oil Company Cargo Pier

February 12, 1993

TARRAGONA, Spain (AP) _ A huge blaze broke out today at a fuel storage complex in this northeastern port city when a tanker carrying fuel ran into a pier while docking.

The tanker, carrying naphtha, damaged at least one of the pipelines used to transport fuel to storage facilities, said Ramon Sanchez, the civil governor of Tarragona province.

The facility is owned by Repsol, Spain’s state-controlled oil and gas company.

No one was injured, Sanchez said.

Dense clouds of smoke billowed from the pier fire. Sanchez said the smoke was not toxic and that the wind was blowing it away from the port of Tarragona, 250 miles northeast of Madrid.

A spokesman for the casualty department of Lloyds of London identified the tanker as the Robert Maersk, built in 1986 and owned by A.P. Moller of Denmark.

A.P. Moller also owns the Maersk Navigator, which collided last month with a Japanese tanker near the entrance to the Strait of Malacca, which separates Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Some 6 million gallons of crude leaked into the water.

The Robert Maersk struck the jetty during approach, triggering fire at three points.

The Lloyds spokesman said small amounts of oil spilled after one of the pipelines on the jetty broke, but he had no more details.

Sanchez said Repsol employees had closed valves on the pier pipelines to prevent the fire from spreading, and that the blaze was under control.

News reports said the vessel had set sail for Tarragona from Spain’s northwestern port of La Coruna.

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