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U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill in Kill Van Kull

By MarEx 2012-12-17 15:52:00

The following updates are available following the Boston Marine Transport Inc., incident which took place at Mays Ship Repair at 11:22 p.m., Friday, December 14.

  • Upon investigation, the source of the fuel spill was isolated to the #2 port tank of Boston No. 30, which was carrying a max capacity of 112,000 gallons. Personnel are conducting soundings in the barge tanks to determine the actual amount of fuel spilled into the water.
  • USCG Sector New York pollution responders, along with several personnel from local and state agencies are currently working to mitigate the spill’s impacts.
  • There is currently boom around the barge. Boom has been deployed at Shooter's Island and Mays Shipyard and deployed along Kill Van Kull Waterway.
  • Gallagher Marine Systems, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection have sent representatives to join Coast Guard Sector New York's  Unified Command as well as deploying staff in the field to respond to this event.
  • A broadcast notice to mariners is in place advising mariners to transit the area with caution due to pollution. All waterways remain open.
  • The Unified Command has established a Joint Information Center where the public can report oiled wildlife and vessel owners can report oiled vessels. Please call 800-733-6175 to make a report.
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is responding to reports of affected wildlife.

Environmental clean-up contractors skim the waters at the site of an oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. Clean-up efforts are being conducted on the water and shore side to maximize the amount of oily water collected. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Boom is placed around Shooter’s Island, a protected bird sanctuary, to prevent impact from the oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. The spill is coming from a barge moored nearby due to a leak from a cargo tank. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Boom is placed around a barge that leaked fuel oil to contain the spill and minimize the amount of impact to Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. The spill is coming from a barge moored nearby due to a leak from a cargo tank. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco. 

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Source: http://www.uscgnews.com