by Dan Joling
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 1, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tesoro Alaska Co. and a tanker corporation have agreed to pay the State of Alaska nearly $430,000 to settle claims from the grounding of an oil tanker in ice-choked waters of Cook Inlet four years ago.
The Alaska attorney general's office announced the settlement with Tesoro and Seabulk Tankers Inc. over the grounding of the Seabulk Pride on Feb. 2, 2006, near Nikiski.
The vessel was taking on petroleum products from Tesoro's refinery in heavy ice conditions when the tanker broke away from the Kenai Pipeline Co. dock. The crew could not start the ship's engine and it grounded.