Heavy seas were thwarting attempts to check the condition of the submerged tanks of the Aegean Sea, which ran aground early on Thursday and split in two as it was attempting to enter port in strong winds. Divers have twice tried to determine how many of its nine segregated ballast tanks have remained intact.
Environmentalists fear the spillage from the Aegean Sea may exceed the 11 million gallons dumped off the coast of Alaska in 1989 by the tanker Exxon Valdez. The ship was carrying 79,300 tons of light North Sea crude from Scotland to a refinery in La Coruna.
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