Good weather helps crews remove oil from grounded boat

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Good weather conditions have let salvage crews remove more than 1,300 gallons of oil aboard a Japanese squid boat grounded on Afognak Island.

Rough water and high winds had forced crews to temporarily stop removing fuels, oils and other hazardous materials from the 97-foot Genei Maru No. 7.

The work resumed Wednesday and crews were able to remove more than 40 55-gallon drums of fluid and bags of solid waste, the Coast Guard said.

So far, nearly 10,000 gallons of waste oil and other hazardous materials have been removed from the wreck. Workers plan to search the ship again to make sure all the fuel and oil have been removed, according to the Coast Guard.

The 140-ton squid catcher caught fire in June and was abandoned at sea. It then drifted across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska, where it has been grounded on Afognak island since Nov. 10.

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