Alaska pays nearly $850,000 for Aleutian Island ship wreck

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska and the owners and operators of the Selendang Ayu have reached a settlement of nearly $850,000 over the 2004 ship wreck in the Aleutian Islands.

The state announced Monday operator IMC Shipping Co. and owner Ayu Navigation paid the money to settle oil spill, wreck removal and lost fish tax claims.

The 738-foot freighter was carrying about 66,000 tons of soybeans from Washington state to China when it lost power on the north side of Unalaska Island in December 2004. It drifted for two days, then broke in half after grounding off Skan Bay in a Bering Sea storm. An estimated 350,000 gallons of oil spilled from the ship.

Six crewmen died when a Coast Guard helicopter crashed during a rescue attempt.

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