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BP Amoco Tanker Sets Sail For Texas

March 30, 2001

A BP (BP) Amoco oil tanker stranded off the coast of Bermuda for 12 days with engine problems set sail for Freeport, Texas after repairs were completed. The British Valour, carrying 300,000 tons (2.2 million barrels) of North Sea crude oil and a crew of 22, broke down 92 miles (148 km) southeast of the British dependent territory on March 18 after suffering a crankcase explosion. No one was injured and no oil spilled. Engineers on the Delaware-based tugboat Powhatan boarded the ship on Saturday to begin repairs and completed their work at midday on Thursday, said a spokesman for Bermuda-based Harbor Radio, which monitors shipping movements. The tanker was chartered by Norway's state oil company Statoil (STO).

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