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Indian Oil Tanker Runs Aground Again in Red Sea

May 11, 1989|From United Press International

MANAMA, Bahrain — An Indian supertanker that ran aground last month off the Saudi Arabian coast, spilling 3.9 million gallons of oil into the Red Sea, was refloated after running aground for a second time, shipping officials said Wednesday.

The 276,744-ton Kanchenjunga was refloated Tuesday without damage or further oil spills off the Saudi Red Sea port of Gizan, gulf-based officials said.

Maritime authorities in the Saudi Arabian port of Jidda said two tugs initially brought in to stabilize the vessel had to tow it about seven miles away from the spot where it ran aground for a second time. The authorities did not give a reason for the second accident.

The Indian tanker first ran aground April 27 off Jidda, spilling 3.9 million gallons of Iraqi crude oil into the Red Sea and leaving a slick nearly 60 miles long.

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