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Historical tracking of vessels in the vicinity of the Amplify Energy Corporation’s southern California pipeline shows no vessel passed over it around the time of a leak.
An “uncontrolled leak of oil” occurred of the California coastline from a subsea pipeline was reported to the US Coast Guard on 2 October by the operator, Beta Offshore, a subsidiary of Amplify Energy.
Press speculation suggested a Hapag-Lloyd vessel, the Rotterdam Express, or a “mystery” other ship had dragged its anchor, displacing the pipe and leading to a crack and the oil spill.
However, evidence compiled by VesselsValue for The Loadstar reveals the closest vessels, including Rotterdam Express and a possible contender for the ‘mystery ship’, the TS Lines-owned TS Manila, never crossed the pipeline.
The focus of the investigation has now moved away from these vessels.