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Legal Fight Keeps Ship Stuck on Reef

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Legal wrangling delayed efforts to free a 600-foot container ship grounded on a patch of coral and sand in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, officials said. Salvage experts were scheduled to transfer 540,000 gallons of fuel to a specially equipped barge. The plan was to make the Mexican-flagged ship lighter so a tugboat could drag it free at high tide. But the effort was delayed as two salvage companies argued over responsibility in the event of a fuel spill.


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