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Oil Spills / Liberian Ships #244025

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 28, 1976
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(Studio) Coast Guard crews attempt to contain oil spill from another Liberian tanker, in Delaware River, south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania) Tanker "Olympic Games," grounded near British Petroleum Company refinery, spills oil into river; containment process by Coast Guard noted; cleanup now in progress. [Oil spill specialist Barry SHOCKLEY - notes cleanup procedure.] In January, 1975, 2 tankers collided in this area causing spill; details noted. (Film shown.) Refineries and factories here keep companies like Coastal Services on retainer to clean up after them. [SHOCKLEY - says spills here are weekly occurrence; it's fact of life.] Is estimated 10-30% of spill will stay in river.
REPORTER: Sylvia Chase

(Studio) Ships recently involved in oil spills registered in Liberia.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Liberia has largest merchant fleet in world followed by Japan, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece and Panama. Liberia and Panama are "flags of convenience" ntns., whose fleet consists of ships whose owners register them in these cntries. because, as in Liberia, no taxes have to be paid, crew pay is less and safety standards less stringent. [Maritime Affairs assistant secretary Robert BLACKWELL - says it's against interests of cntries. like this to have high safety standards.] (US Coast Guard tape shown.) Rate of death aboard such ships versus that of regular maritime ntns.' ships noted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) New York federal court hears more testimony today with regard to tanker wreck off Nantucket.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Court proceedings noted. Ins. company attorney Douglas Jacobsen questions "Argo Merchant" captain George Papadopoulos with regard to grounding of vessel; comments of both noted. [JACOBSEN - says they're trying to prove ship unseaworthy.] Today's testimony reveals ship's navigation charts 1 month out-of-date.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick Artist: Aggie Whelan

(Studio) Work crews clean up oil spill from 3rd Liberian tanker near Groton, Connecticut, which affected Thames River.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Chase, Sylvia;
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Mudd, Roger;
Stahl, Lesley

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