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earthtimes.org: Fuel removal operation begins at Providence pier

Author: Thomas Blythe

PROVIDENCE, R.I – The pier at the Port of Providence where a fire explosion occurred Tuesday night remains closed even as engineers began the delicate task of removing the remaining fuel from the pipes. Gasoline delivery at some Shell stations was disrupted since they reported that the fuel was completely over.

The fire occurred at a terminal run by Motiva Enterprises on Tuesday night. The company is a joint venture between Saudi Refining Inc. and Shell Oil Co. A company spokesperson said that they were transporting gas through third parties in Boston. “Some of the trucks are having to make longer runs, so supplies can be a little bit slow in getting there,” said Motiva spokesman Stan Mays.
 
Gov. Don Carcieri has ordered an inquiry as to why gasoline workers continued to unload despite warnings of lightning storms. The tanker Nordeuropa, a Danish vessel was hit, but apart from damage to its hydraulic pump systems, there was nothing untoward about it.

Leif Nielsen, captain of the 600-foot tanker Nordeuropa said that practicing ship drills probably saved the ship. “We train and drill and refine practices, and it was a matter of considerable pride to me to see all that effort come through on Tuesday night,” Nielsen said in a statement to Associated Press.

The tanker did not spill any oil and there was no casualty to the crew. 

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