The screwed-up supply chain may have caused California oil spill disaster

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Now it may have caused a major oil spill off the coast of Orange County, Calif.
As officials scramble to contain damage from a broken underwater pipeline that has sent oil on beaches and endangered wildlife, they are also investigating the possibility that the leak may have been caused by a ship’s anchorage. It was caused by a collision with a pipeline.
In a press conference on Monday, Martin Wilsher, CEO of increase energy (AMPY)The owner of the pipeline, which dumped 144,000 gallons of oil into the sea, said it was a “specific possibility” that the damage was caused by a ship’s anchorage.

on Tuesday, The Department of Transportation, which oversees pipeline accidents, notified Amplify that “the root cause of the accident remains unconfirmed at this time,” that “preliminary reports indicate that the failure may have been caused by an anchor that bent the pipeline.” gave, causing a partial tear.”

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Officials confirmed to the public Tuesday that divers had found “a 4,000-foot section of the 17.7-mile-long pipeline was displaced with a maximum lateral movement of approximately 105 feet.”

“The pipeline is essentially drawn like a bow string,” Wilser said.


Asked at a briefing Tuesday whether a container ship’s anchorage was the cause of the break, US Coast Guard Captain Rebecca Ore said there was no confirmation of a ship atop the site of the spill, but the response team was accompanied by others. Agencies are working in parallel investigations to determine whether there was a ship in the area.

Officials said the ships should have been able to escape the pipeline despite the congestion in the area. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmeyer said ships should only leave anchor in designated areas and that pipelines are clearly depicted on sea maps.

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unprecedented crowd

What is clear is that the waters of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are flooded with an unprecedented number of container ships that have dropped their anchors waiting to arrive in port due to imbalances in the nation’s various supply chains. With a long epidemic.

The number of ships waiting at the dock fluctuates. As of the end of last week, when the accident appears to have happened, 64 container ships were waiting off the coast to be berthed at the Port of Los Angeles – the nation’s largest port – and its neighboring Port of Long Beach, which is just behind it in cargo volume. That number had climbed to 76 ships as of Monday, before dropping back to 62 on Tuesday.

It is now taking an average of 10 days for ships to reach ports to unload and reload cargo containers. Before the pandemic, ships usually arrived and berthed directly at one of the two ports.

“It’s like taking 10 lanes of freeway traffic and moving cargo to five when they get here,” Jean Cerocca, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, told Granthshala International on Tuesday. “We’re having a hard time absorbing all that cargo into the US supply chain.”

Problems stem from a lack of truck drivers to haul away containers to warehouse workers to which goods are destined, and a lack of empty containers in the right parts of the world.

Consumer shopping habits have also changed significantly during the pandemic, as they are spending less money on services and thus more money on goods that need to be moved physically.

“What you’re seeing is the purchasing power of American consumers on display,” Cerocca said.

The pipeline accident has the potential to release more oil into the ocean than any leak since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency.

Even if it turns out that a ship’s anchorage was not the cause of the pipeline rupture and the resulting oil spill, the backup of ships and trucks at ports is increasing the air quality in Southern California, according to experts. Is.

A June report from the California Air Resources Board found that a backlog of ships waiting to dock causes “Substantial impacts for portside communities from increased particulate matter emissions, as well as contributions to smog-forming oxides.” And about 40 ships a day were waiting to return to port in June when the report was released. Now, more than 60 are waiting.


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