A ship parked near the pipeline made unusual movements

By Michael Bisekeker, Stephanie Dazio and Michael Balsamo

Huntington Beach, California (AP) – A large cargo ship was stranded near the Southern California oil pipeline and sent to wash on the beaches, according to the Coast Guard.

The coastguard may have twisted and twisted the ship’s anchor, owned by Amplp Energy, a Houston company that operates three coastal oil stations south of Los Angeles.

The Associated Press has been reviewing data for more than two weeks from the Maritime Traffic, which monitors radio signals from minute-to-day transmitters of ships and large boats.

According to the report, the German-flagged ship Rotterdam Express, about 1,000 feet (305 meters) long, was assigned to the SF-3 anchor, the closest thing to a cracked ship off the coast of Huntington. The ship made three unusual movements in two days, which seemed to put it on the pipeline.

The shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, which operates Rotterdam Express, has offered to AP.

A U.S. official on Wednesday told AP According to him, Rotterdam Express is a sewage treatment plant. The official warned that there was only one leader in the initial stages of the investigation.

Investigators are looking to gather tracking and navigation data from the ship to identify the exact activity, the official said. They also want initial interviews with at least some staff members.

The official was unable to discuss the investigation publicly and anonymously told AP.

Coast Guard spokesman Pete Officer Steve Stromamir declined to comment on Rotterdam Express, but said the agency was investigating the ship’s use of electric vessels to see what the ships were or where they were moving.

MarineTraffic data shows that the Rotterdam Express arrived outside Long Beach at the beginning of September 22 and landed an anchor 2,000 feet (610 meters) from the pipeline.

The next day, at about 5:00 pm, the ship’s beacon, Beacon, reported that the anchor had suddenly moved thousands of feet to the southeast and was about 100 meters (30 meters) off the highway. ) Below. The ship then appears to have included engines to return to the anchor 10 minutes later.

The ship resumed at around midnight on September 23 and again for the third time, returning to the anchor assigned according to online location information. Rotterdam Express remained in place until Sunday, when the SF-3 arrived at the port to unload.

The first report of oil was made Friday night in the water near the pipeline. Amplipei said the pipeline was closed early Saturday morning, but did not say how long he believed oil had leaked.

Martin Wilson, general manager of Amphilif, said on Tuesday that hackers had dismantled the 4,000-foot (1,219-meter) 105-foot (32-meter) pipeline, which was bent like a bow. Oil leaked through the cracks.

The size is not clear. Amphilif publicly stated that it was no more than 126,000 gallons (476,962 liters) but that it could be only 29,400 gallons (111,291 liters) for federal investigators.

APA He first spoke to Hapag-Lloyd on Tuesday night, September 22 and 23, seeking an explanation for the ship’s activities.

In an email on Wednesday, Nils Happ, spokesman for headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, denied that the SF-3 had landed at that time. He said the transformer data found in marine traffic was incorrect.

“We have evidence in the book, which was revised by the hour, to keep the ship afloat,” says Hopt. In this case, maritime traffic is wrong and the location is incorrect.

Hap Hapag-Lloyd said he would cooperate with any investigation.

Wednesday morning APA Sent an email with a screenshot of Rotterdam Express activities. According to Senior Pete Officer Laurent Jorgensen, the commander was unable to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Nicholas Xeros, a professor of marine engineering at New Orleans University, said it was unthinkable that thousands of feet of information would have been lost to a shipwreck using an international network called Automated Identification System.

After reviewing the location track for the Rotterdam Express, he said: “The IS carriers are very accurate and the overall system is also very accurate.” “Maybe I think the ship is moving, I think. And the anchor went down, which was a big problem.

Zero, who has spent more than two decades teaching marine navigation and electronics to future shipbuilders and ships, said the only viable option he could think of was to hack an AIS system to make Rotterdam Express operate. The ship’s conductor was somehow untied from the cargo hold, fell into the water and floated before being picked up by the crew, arriving two more times without being released.

Cyrus said there was no reasonable explanation as to why the ship had moved away from its destination. Records show relatively calm weather and seas during these days.

“There are a series of different things and everything needs to be clarified,” he said. “It may be some kind of accident, but it is not necessarily human error. We have to see. But ይመስለኛል I think the nearest anchor is a ship that has moved back and forth and probably damaged the pipeline.

If a ship’s anchor gets under water, such as a cable or fuel line, the operator is required by federal law to notify the coastguard. Under Coast Guard, ship locations and activities are also monitored by both the AIS system and radar.

If Cyrus is investigating the cause of the spill, he said he would like to review digital logs for space and motor work on Rotterdam Express.

According to Marine Traffic, the ship left Long Beach on Monday night for the dock at Auckland.


Michael Blood, an associate journalist in Los Angeles, contributed to this report.


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