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Oil-Spill Tanker Gets a Quick Fix

THE NATION

December 31, 2004|From Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Greek tanker involved in a massive oil spill in the Delaware River headed out to sea Thursday after undergoing temporary repairs, a spokesman for the ship's operators said.

Athos I, run by Tsakos Shipping & Trading, was bound for dry dock in Mobile, Ala., where the repair will be completed.

The tanker's steel bottom had two rips that were patched by divers at a terminal in Morrisville, Pa., about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The ship apparently hit a chunk of metal Nov. 26 as it prepared to dock at an oil terminal in Paulsboro, N.J.

Tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil leaked, blackening the shoreline, killing wildlife, hampering shipping and causing environmental damage that could last for years.

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