USCG names additional parties of interest in California pipeline casualty

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US Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has named the second vessel of interest in its investigation into the anchor-dragging incident that occurred in close proximity to a subsea pipeline, which was subsequently discovered to be the source of the Orange County oil spill on October 2, 2021.  The USCG has determined that the MV Beijing was involved in a January 25, 2021, anchor-dragging incident during a heavy weather event that impacted the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As a result, V.Ships Greece Ltd., the operator of the vessel, and Capetanissa Maritime Corporation of Liberia, the owner of the vessel, are named as parties in interest to the marine casualty investigation. The first vessel of interest named was the MV MSC Danit, operated by the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A. The investigation is ongoing and multiple pipeline scenarios and additional vessels of interest continue to be investigated.

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