FAR EAST: Hot Cargo

The Finnish tanker Wiima, the first ship to try to run jet fuel into embargoed Red China (TIME, Feb. 16), was within 1,500 miles of China when her master received radioed orders from her owners to halt. Early one morning last week, the dirty, dumpy Wiima, loaded to the Plimsoll line with her 7,000-ton cargo, dropped anchor 20 miles from Singapore. "I am waiting," said her skipper, "for further orders from my owners. To run to China is a great risk, but it is my job, and my crew is in good humor."


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