Small cracks found in tanker

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2001

VALDEZ (AP) -- Two small cracks, less than 2 1/2 inches in length, were found by divers Wednesday in the hull of the tanker SeaRiver North Slope.

Officials with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company said the cracks appear to have caused the small oil sheen spotted in the water near the vessel Tuesday afternoon.

The crew of the SeaRiver North Slope was unloading the 2.3 million gallons of crude from the vessel's number three tank and have patched the cracks temporarily.

SeaRiver and the Coast Guard are working on a revised loading plan to enable the ship to sail. Alyeska officials said the ship will undergo Coast Guard-approved repairs before returning to Valdez.

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