Philippines oil spill could take four months to clean up

The oil spill from sunken product tanker Princess Empress could take up to four months to clear up, the Philippines authorities have warned.

The Princess Empress sank in rough weather on February 28th off the island of Mindoro. Oil has now been detected more than 130km away from the site where the ship went down.

The authorities have warned that strong currents in the area could mean that the oil booms in place where the vessel sank might not be effective. The vessel went down with some 800,000 litres of industrial fuel oil on board, and sank to a depth of around 400 metres.

Already impacted have been the waters and beaches of nine municipalities along the coast of Oriental Mindoro province.