athos one ship wreck

The tanker Athos I, carrying crude oil from Venezuela, was preparing to dock at a refinery in New Jersey when it ripped its hull on a submerged anchor. This caused its cargo of oil to begin gushing into the Delaware River. (NOAA)

Athos I Oil Spill on the Delaware River

On November 26, 2004, the single-hulled tanker Athos I unknowingly struck a large anchor submerged in the Delaware River while preparing to dock at a refinery just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The impact punctured the tanker's hull, and it began leaking more than 263,000 gallons of heavy oil into the tidal waters of this busy East Coast shipping route.

NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, provided scientific support during the oil spill cleanup and response.

They also assessed the environmental and recreational impacts of the spill and, in 2010, received $27.5 million for restoration. This money is funding 10 restoration projects to benefit coastal communities and natural resources which the oil spill affected.

PHOTOS: See images of this oil spill, from the response to restoration.

Read more about the economic, environmental, and legislative impacts resulting from this relatively little-known oil spill on the U.S. Department of Commerce blog.

Published: 11/24/14

NOAA's Carl Alderson is working with New Jersey to search for any colonial or Native American artifacts hidden beneath the fields of a future restoration site at Mad Horse Creek.

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, Alderson is thankful to be working on a project to restore and preserve both our natural and cultural treasures.

Published: 11/12/14

Take a quick look at the aftermath of the little-known Athos oil spill, from the immediate cleanup efforts to the ongoing restoration.

Published: 11/19/14

When the tanker Athos I caused an oil spill that shut down traffic on the Delaware River, little did responders know that even more challenges would be in store beneath the water and down the river

... including at a nuclear power plant.

Published: 11/12/14

In the middle of the night during a long holiday weekend in 2011, NOAA's Ed Levine received a call that the tanker Athos I was spilling oil in the Delaware River.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like at the front lines of this oil spill.

Published: 03/09/12

Take a closer look at the 10 restoration projections resulting from the Athos oil spill and how they are helping bring environmental and economic benefits to Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Published: 05/17/12

NOAA and our partners agreed to contribute restoration funding from the Athos oil spill to transform an urban wasteland along the Delaware River into a waterfront park with vibrant wetlands.

Published: 11/20/14

Hear from American Rivers, a NOAA community restoration partner, about efforts to open up a stream near Philadelphia that has been blocked to fish for years.

See before-and-after photos and learn about the promising recovery of this stream.