Coast Guard News
1st District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Dec. 15, 2012
Contact: Charles Rowe
Office: (718) 354-2359
Update: Coast Guard responds to fuel spill in Kill Van Kull
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard continues its response to a fuel spill near Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, N.Y., today.
The National Response Center notified the Coast Guard of the incident, which took place at Mays Ship Repair at 11:22 p.m., Friday. It was reported that the spill came from the barge, Boston No. 30, due to a leak from its cargo tank.
The responsible party, Boston Marine Transport Inc., reported product was being transferred from Barge Boston No. 30 to Barge DBL 25, when personnel on scene noticed product was entering the water between the two barges. Boston Marine Transport Inc. personnel then applied containment boom around the two barges.
Upon investigation, the source of the fuel spill was isolated to the #2 port tank of Boston No. 30, which was carrying 112,000 gallons. Boston Marine Transport Inc. personnel are conducting soundings in the barge tanks to determine the actual amount of fuel spilled into the water.
A Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopter crew performed an over flight assessment of the area at first light thi morning. Coast Guard Sector New York pollution responders continue to investigate the impact of the spill.
Boston Marine Transport Inc. has contracted an oil spill clean-up organization that has placed additional containment boom and absorbent material around the two barges. Further cleanup efforts in affected areas are also underway.
Both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are actively involved in the spill response and mitigation effort.
A broadcast notice to mariners is in place advising mariners to transit the area with caution due to pollution.
All waterways remain open.
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NEW YORK - The Coast Guard is responding to fuel oil discharged from a barge in Kill Van Kull at Mariner's Harbor, Staten Island N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012. The barge's tank holds approximately 147,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.
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