Investigators board anchored ship

Investigators are taking a closer look at a cargo ship they suspect caused a ruptured oil line off the coast of California this week. They suspect the ship was anchored in the wrong location, damaging a submerged oil line.


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October 7, 2021 - 10:10 AM

An aerial view of environmental oil spill cleanup crews picking up oil chunks off the beach from a major oil spill at Huntington Dog Beach, with a view of Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in the background in Huntington Beach, California Tuesday. Photo by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / TNS

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard investigators have boarded a massive cargo ship as they probe what caused the rupture of an offshore oil pipeline that sent crude washing up on Southern California beaches.

The Coast Guard is investigating whether a ship anchor might have snagged and bent the pipeline owned by Amplify Energy, a Houston-based company that operates three offshore oil platforms south of Los Angeles. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Rotterdam Express appeared to make a series of unusual movements while anchored in the closest spot to where the break in the pipeline happened, according to data collected by a marine navigation service.

A dead juvenile guitar fish lies on the sand darkened by spilled oil Tuesday in Huntington Beach, California.Photo by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / TNS

AP reviewed more than two weeks of data from MarineTraffic, a navigation service that tracks radio signals from transponders that broadcast the locations of ships and large boats every few minutes.

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