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Subject:PHILADELPHIA UPDATE--FOLLOW UP ATHOS I OIL SPILL
Date:Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Priority:Normal
Notice:Delaware debris: more found

Divers found two more objects thought to share the blame for the oil spill
from the Athos I. A 3m² concrete slab and a derelict anchor were recovered
on Monday; both had paint traces matching the Tsakos tanker that grounded
on 26 November. Several weeks ago, divers recovered a 4.6m-long section of
cast-iron pipe that also bore Athos I paint traces, which was believed to
be the sole cause of the spill. As the 61,000dwt tanker is docked at
Atlantic Marine for repairs, clean-up continues along the river where the
Coast Guard says recovery costs presently stand at $94.5M and may well
rise above $100M. Greek operator Tsakos has agreed to pay all costs to
date despite its official liability limit of $45.5M, according to the
Coast Guard. The clean-up, which is expected to last into the summer, has
recovered 254 tonnes of oil and oily water of the estimated 834 tonnes
spilled by the double-hull, but single-bottomed tanker.
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay web links
Notice posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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