Out to the Sun Oil Co.'s 30,000-ton supertanker Eastern Sun off the coast of South Africa crackled a radio message from home: instead of heading for company docks at Marcus Hook, Pa., unload cargo of 220,000 bbls. of crude oil in "the United Kingdom area." The same oil-to-Europe word was flashed out to dozens of other tankers all over the Atlantic and Indian Oceans last week. In Washington the U.S. moved to ease Western Europe's oil shortage brought about by the blocking of the Suez Canal.

The oil-relief plan had been prepared well...

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