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Tanker Spills Oil Near Indonesia

October 3, 2000

SINGAPORE (AP) _ A Panama-registered tanker ran aground between Indonesia and Singapore at dawn Tuesday, spilling at least about 2 million gallons of crude oil, officials said.

Oil was still leaking from the ship six hours after it ran aground in Indonesian waters about five miles southeast of Singapore, said Ong Chong Pheng, spokeswoman for the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority.

No injuries were reported among the 32 crew aboard the vessel, the 51,095-gross ton Natuna Sea. It was not immediately known what caused the tanker to run aground, and no details were immediately available on the vessel’s origin or destination.

Ong said a private salvage company had placed an oil boom _ a floating device used to contain spills _ around the vessel.

Authorities from Indonesia and nearby Malaysia were notified.

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