ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tanker loaded with Alaska crude spilled about 40 gallons of oil in Long Beach, Calif., harbor Tuesday.
Doug Webb, president of Alaska Tanker Co., said the sheen was discovered around 4 a.m. as the Overseas New York was anchored and waiting to offload.
A dive team later found a 4-inch crack on the right side of the hull about 11 feet below the waterline, he said.
The oil was shifted from one of the tanks to release the pressure and stop the leak. Divers then covered the crack with epoxy.
The ship offloaded its 625,000-barrel cargo Tuesday afternoon. The vessel will be sent to Washington state for repairs, Webb said.
Alaska Tanker Co. is a partnership of BP Amoco, Keystone Shipping and Overseas Shipholding Group. The company manages 11 ships that move crude oil from Alaska for BP Amoco.
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