An oil tanker in the process of taking on fuel, or bunkering.
Bunker fuel is a waste product of traditional fuel oil processing, a cross between a solid and a liquid that is too thick for road vehicles and small ships to burn efficiently. Its high sulfur content and the difficulty of installing the proper technology to use it make bunker fuel a cheap source of power for larger ships and power plants.
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The shipping industry is an invisible and nearly unregulated environmental disaster, and if you haven’t heard much about its poor record, you’re not alone. Compared to power plants, cars and even commercial aviation, shipping has drawn little scrutiny ? it gets few mentions in the media, and activist groups tend to focus their attention elsewhere. Seen as little more than an expensive tourist option or a humdrum conveyor of goods, the modern sea vessel is a mystery to the average person, either a love boat or a floating tractor trailer. If there were no pirates or seasick honeymooners, the shipping industry would barely register in the public consciousness.
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The major water contaminants at Camp Lejeune include TCE, PCE, benzene and vinyl chloride, and there have also been recorded instances of potentially unsafe levels of toluene, DCE, ethylbenzene and xylene.
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