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SHIP NAME: Athos I KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 8
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Officials of the USCG and Fish and Wildlife Service said hundreds of birds, turtles and fish were thought to have died from the effects of the 30,000 gallons of crude oil that leaked from two tanks in the Athos I, which was ripped open Friday night as it tried to dock at a Citgo terminal in Paulsboro, NJ.

On Saturday, divers located a rectangular gash about six feet by one foot across the two tanks toward the back left of the gash.


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"When they were pulling into the Citgo refinery at Paulsboro, they was at an 8 degree list" Petty Officer John Edwards


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Greek-owned, Cyprus-flagged M/T Athos I, bound for Citgo refinery in Paulsboro, spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into Delaware River at Paulsboro, N.J., spreading plume of sludge that extended 20 miles from Tinicum Island to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. (Sat. Nov. 27 2004) UPDATE: Divers found 6 foot gash on tanker hull -- holes in below waterline cargo tank aft and in an outside ballast tank. (Sun. Nov. 28)


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As two tugboats were helping the vessel manuever to its terminal, a routine procedure, one of the tutgboat operators noticed oil in the water and the oil tanker listed 8 degrees and lost power. Two punctures in the tanker's hull -- 1 ft by 2 ft and 1 ft by 6 ft -- were later confirmed by Coast Guard divers, and now appear to have been caused by a 15 ft curved piece of submerged pipe located 700 feet from the Citgo dock (see photo below)


source OSIR, 2004-12-09
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USCG located piece of pipe via sonar. Preliminary tests show that paint on pipe matches paint on ship. Further testing will be done.


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Athos I hit uncharted debris in the Delaware River and punctured a 1.98m x 0.46m gash in its bottom and one of its storage tanks, resulting in a spill of 30,000 gallons of Venezuelan heavy crude oil. Tital worked with MPC to lighter the vessel's remaining cargo, install salvage patches, and deliver the vessel safely to its owners.


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The USCG report into the spill of 264,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River in November 2004 concluded that the vessel involved was not to blame. The 1983-built 60,880 dwt Athos I hit a seven foot lost anchor in the waterway, causing $267 millions in damages. Tsakos Shipping, the operator of the vessel at the time was celared of responsibility. The owner of the lost anchor was not traced.


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Presume the USCG report is the final story. No idea why it took them so long to figure out, nore how a 264,000 gallon spill could cause $267 million dollars in damage, about $1000 per gallon.

The picture showed what looks like to be an elbow in about a 3 ft diameter pipe. Obvious questions: where did the pipe come from? Why did no other ship hit this this object?

Another theory blamed an "11 ton, 13 ft prop that fell of a COE dredge in April".

Cargo was said to be a "heavy Venezuelan crude" No mention is made of whether the ship listed toward the damage or away. Since oil was lost, normally it would have been away, and the ship could have improved matters by ballasting on the side of damage.