Tanker spills small amount of Alaska crude into California harbor

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2000

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 company hopes to have the ship's 625,000-barrel load unloaded by Friday, Webb said. The vessel then will head to Washington state for repairs, he 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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