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Ship owner, operator of interest in California oil spill

California Undersea Oil Pipelines
California Undersea Oil Pipelines
California Undersea Oil Pipelines
Posted at 9:15 PM, Oct 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-17 00:15:45-04

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has designated the Mediterranean Shipping Company and others as parties of interest in an investigation into a vessel that was determined to be the source of an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California.

Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board marine casualty investigators boarded a container ship on Saturday that was involved in a January anchor-dragging incident discovered to be the source of the spill off Huntington Beach on Oct. 2.

The designation announced in a statement Saturday provides ship operator Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and ship owner Dordellas Finance Corporation the opportunity to respond to the allegations.