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(Reuters)   Officials note that although the tanker was empty, it didn't spill any oil. Ric Romero does first-ever facepalm   (reuters.com) divider line 30
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2013-01-09 10:05:49 AM
It's important to note whether the tanker was empty when it struck the bridge or became so afterwards.
 
2013-01-09 10:09:33 AM
I would imagine that even an empty tanker has enough residual oil in it to be a problem
 
2013-01-09 10:09:38 AM
So where did they bury the survivors?
 
2013-01-09 10:10:43 AM
Although I hit the "add comment" button, this post was made.
 
2013-01-09 10:10:52 AM
A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.
 
2013-01-09 10:12:19 AM
And it took three writers and four editors to make that observation.
 
2013-01-09 10:15:13 AM
So the front didn't fall off.
 
2013-01-09 10:16:38 AM

thurstonxhowell: It's important to note whether the tanker was empty when it struck the bridge or became so afterwards.


Empty oil tanker scrapes bridge. Hull wasn't breached, no oil was spilled. But just as the journalist, who wrote the article, I need to get to my minimum number of words before I get paid. therefore I will go on to mention that while the article sounds silly, it is very important for US readers to have the information repeated to them multiple times. I assume that this is because they fail at reading (This is a well known fact) and so if they miss it the first time they can still pick up on it the second or third time.

/Words still needed in this post: three, two, Done.
 
2013-01-09 10:19:38 AM

Bruce Campbell: So the front didn't fall off.


And they towed it out of the environment.
 
2013-01-09 10:19:40 AM

NightOwl2255: A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.


Such as the fuel needed to propel the boat to its destination.
 
2013-01-09 10:22:26 AM

Dr Dreidel: NightOwl2255: A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.

Such as the fuel needed to propel the boat to its destination.


Such as.
 
2013-01-09 10:23:39 AM
although the driver wasn't drunk, he will not be charged with drunk driving.
 
2013-01-09 10:24:15 AM

NightOwl2255: Dr Dreidel: NightOwl2255: A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.

Such as the fuel needed to propel the boat to its destination.

Such as.


some captains don't have maps
 
2013-01-09 10:30:37 AM
That sound you heard the other day when it was found there was no massive oil leak was the collective media disappointedly stuffing their cranks back in their pants and re-corking the champagne.

/Hey everyone! Brent Musburger thinks an attractive woman is attractive! Let's go!
 
2013-01-09 10:34:00 AM

DerAppie: it is very important for US readers to have the information repeated to them multiple times. I assume that this is because they fail at reading (This is a well known fact)


I can't argue with this.
 
2013-01-09 10:34:06 AM
Although the tanker was full, it didn't spill any oil

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-09 10:35:09 AM

Dr Dreidel: NightOwl2255: A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.

Such as the fuel needed to propel the boat to its destination.


How can you assume it's not a Sailboat class oil tanker?
 
2013-01-09 10:38:33 AM
i accidentally love the entire ric romero.
 
2013-01-09 10:41:16 AM
Not to say that it isn't crap journalism, but it's worth mentioning that a 225' long ship of *any* type has the potential to leak a farkton of oil in a wreck.

/ used to have a bunkering company client.
 
2013-01-09 10:47:22 AM
As a side note, at least in some instances, storage tanks can be labeled as "empty" if they are less than 3% of capacity. So a 350,000 gallon tanker might be "empty" if it contains less than around 1000 gallons.

/not the Exxon Valdez
/not the end of the world
/still more than capable of making a mess, especially when you add in the engines fuel and oil
 
2013-01-09 10:50:29 AM

maxheck: / used to have a bunkering company client.


He was a doomsday prepper?
 
2013-01-09 10:59:24 AM
NightOwl2255:

maxheck: / used to have a bunkering company client.

He was a doomsday prepper?


Heh. No. A company that supplies ships with fuel and other sundries. Although now that I think of it, they'd be all set for the zombie apocalypse... A fenced compound on the water with millions of gallons of fuel, a warehouse full of survival gear, and if things get too bad there's a fleet of tugboats and barges handy to make a getaway.
 
2013-01-09 11:08:12 AM
This is useful information as many have pointed out; it was merely presented inarticulately. A follow-up was most assuredly called for; that's a big ship in a busy port and most people would like to know that it isn't spewing oil into the bay. And we've actually gotten some shipping-knowledgeable folks in here to clarify it.

Corrected version: An oil tanker crashed into the bridge's fenders, but the hull wasn't breached and the fenders performed as designed. No oil cargo nor fuel oil was spilled, and in fact the ship was listed as "empty," although that can mean that there is still environmentally-significant quantities of cargo onboard. The ship is now at anchor near Alcatraz.
 
2013-01-09 11:08:24 AM

maxheck: Heh. No. A company that supplies ships with fuel and other sundries.


So, like a Good Humor man?
 
2013-01-09 11:09:52 AM

factoryconnection: spewing oil into the bay


Is that what the kids are calling it now-a-days?
 
2013-01-09 11:15:56 AM
cardinal party rule, don't spill a drop

/OR ELSE
 
2013-01-09 11:23:28 AM

Hoopy Frood: And it took three writers and four editors to make that observation.


but in their defense, they were polish
 
2013-01-09 11:29:28 AM

Krieghund: DerAppie: it is very important for US readers to have the information repeated to them multiple times. I assume that this is because they fail at reading (This is a well known fact)

I can't argue with this.


You could have, but we'd all notice that your heart wasn't in it.
 
2013-01-09 11:35:26 AM

NightOwl2255: Dr Dreidel: NightOwl2255: A tanker can be unladen of cargo and still have massive amounts of fuel and oil.

Such as the fuel needed to propel the boat to its destination.

Such as.


Such as seals

/NCT Software
 
2013-01-09 09:43:34 PM
'Ric Romero does first-ever facepalm'

This ALONE would have been an awesome headline.

Thanks, submitty!
I laughed! Out loud!
 
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