Kill Van Kull fuel spill uscg

NEW YORK – US 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.

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard continues its response to a fuel spill which occurred at 11:22 p.m. last night at Mays Ship Repair near Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, New York.

Boston Marine Transport Inc., the responsible party, reported #6 fuel oil was being transferred from Barge Boston No. 30 to Barge DBL 25, when personnel on scene noticed fuel oil was entering the water between the two barges.  Personnel then applied containment boom around the two barges while authorities were notified of the incident.

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 of fuel oil. 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 this morning. Coast Guard Sector New York pollution responders continue to investigate the impact of the spill.

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Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco

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.

All waterways in the area remain open.

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