SALVAGE OPERATIONS were scheduled to begin early last week off western Australia for the damaged Greek tanker Kirki, which spilled about 70,000-85,000 bbl of crude into the Indian Ocean after it sheared off at the bow and caught fire last month (OGJ, July 29, p. 32). Plans were to transfer Kirki's remaining 489,000 bbl of oil to the 90,000 dwt Flying Clipper tanker.

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