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Sunken Tug Spills Diesel in Tennessee River

Containment boom limits diesel discharge from a partially sunken tugboat in Florence, Alabama, July 17, 2023. The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to the fuel discharge, which has a maximum potential spill of 2,500 gallons. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Marine Safety Detachment Nashville)

Sunken Tug Spills Diesel in Tennessee River

Mike Schuler
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July 18, 2023

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding to a diesel fuel spill from a sunken tugboat on the Tennessee River, near Florence, Alabama.

Most of the fuel is being contained by deployed hard boom and is being recovered via a vacuum truck and drum skimmer. The maximum potential for spill is 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, and there have been no reports of injuries or wildlife impact.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley was notified of the sunken tugboat in the Port of Florence, near mile marker 257 on the Tennessee River, by RMB Marine Services on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Pollution responders from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Nashville have been deployed to assess the situation on scene.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Nashville is assessing the situation. RMB Marine Services and E3 OMI are working together to clean up the discharged product. An estimated 200 feet of hard boom was deployed Sunday to contain the product in the water. Another 350 feet of boom was deployed Monday as a secondary barrier.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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