Ex-skipper of Exxon Valdez completes community service in Alaska

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez has completed his community service work in Alaska as part of his sentence for the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound.

Joseph Hazelwood served 1,000 hours at Beans Cafe, an Anchorage soup kitchen serving the city's homeless. It took him three years to complete the service, averaging 10 hours a day, seven days a week during the months of June and July.

Hazelwood was in charge of the tanker Exxon Valdez when it drove onto a charted reef in Prince William Sound and spilled 11 million gallons of Alaska crude oil.

Fred Fulgencio, the community work service supervisor for the municipality of Anchorage, praised Hazelwood for doing an outstanding job at Beans. Hazelwood worked in the kitchen and upgraded computers, Fulgencio said.

Fulgencio said the ex-skipper still has fines and other legal obligations to fulfill.

After completing the community service July 18, Hazelwood returned to New York.

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