Anchor Caused ’04 Delaware River Oil Spill

Monday, January 23, 2006
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the cause of the November 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River, saying a submerged 18,000-pound anchor of unknown origin caused the gash in the hulking Greek tanker, the Athos I. The other objects that had been suspected in the accident - a pump casing, a large concrete block, an 11-ton propeller - have been cleared of all charges. It was a costly accident, both financially and environmentally. More than $150 million has been spent on the cleanup so far, and the effects of the oil on the ecosystem will take years to fully determine. Initial surveys of the river bottom after the spill showed several objects in the area - including the anchor, the pump casing, and the concrete block. Citgo is responsible for maintaining the river bottom between the shipping channel and the terminal, and the last sonar survey before the spill - a month before the Athos I incident - showed no obstructions. The Athos I actually did strike the anchor, the concrete block and the pump casing, but that analysis of the paint chips and the dimensions of the damage to the vessel ruled out all but the anchor as the source of the gash. The source of the anchor remains unknown. It has likely been recently dislodged by another ship. (Source: www.montereyherald.com)
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Coast Guard

Charter Boat Crew Rescued in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews worked throughout the night to find a missing charter boat with four people aboard as far as 70 miles off Galveston. A

Grounded Freighter Refloated in Lake St. Clair

The Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated

USCG Assists Stranded Charter Vessel

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews are assisting a disabled passenger vessel approximately 13 miles east of Nahant, Massachusetts, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1010 sec (10 req/sec)