Coast Guard News
1st District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Dec. 15, 2012
Contact: Charles Rowe
Office: (718) 354-2359
Update 2: Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Kill Van Kull
***Click on image for video from overflight assessment***
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard continues its response to a fuel spill near Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012. The National Response Center notified the Coast Guard of the incident, which took place at Mays Ship Repair. It was reported that the spill came from the barge, Boston No. 30, due to a leak from its cargo tank. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.
The National Response Center notified the Coast Guard of the incident, which took place at Mays Ship Repair at 11:22 p.m., Friday, December 14. 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.
- 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.
- Sector New York pollution responders, along with several personnel from local and state agencies are currently working to mitigate the spill’s impacts on the economy, the environment and public health.
- On water recovery forces: four skimmers operating, three more skimmers are en route, two shallow water barges, two more en route. Shoreline protection; 10,000 feet of boom deployed, 13,600 en route.
- 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.
- Gallagher Marine has established a temporary phone number for vessel owners to call to report oiled vessels. Please call 703-683-4700 to make a report.
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