INTERTANKO CITES WOES IN MEETING OPA DEADLINE

Independent oil tanker owners have complained to the U.S. Coast Guard of difficulties setting up oil spill response contracts by the Aug. 18 deadline as required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko), Oslo, is seeking an extension of the deadline. Intertanko said owners' costly vessel response plans had been rendered useless by the fact that only one spill contractor now operates on the West Coast but will not offer exclusively

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