The hull of the stricken Braer oil tanker broke into three sections Jan. 12, a week after the ship ran aground on the Shetland Islands while carrying 607,000 bbl of crude oil from Norway to Canada (OGJ, Jan. 11, p. 26). Salvor Smit International, Rotterdam, said Jan. 13 it could still not estimate how much of the cargo remained on board, but it expected to find only a small amount intact. Rough weather throughout the week prevented salvage crews from working and rendered the dispersant spraying aircraft and oil containment booms of the cleanup teams largely ineffective. Winds gusted to 100 mph Jan. 12. The tanker' p...

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