U.S. Coast Guard to Tackle 14-Year-Old Oil Leak in the Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard has partially assumed federal control over the operation to contain an oil dishcarge from the site of MC20 platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that has likely been leaking since the platform toppled back in 2004. The platform, owned by Taylor Energy, LLC, was located in Mississippi Canyon Block 20, approximately 11 miles south of the mouth of the … [Read more...]

Columbia River Mystery Sheen

A large three mile mystery sheen on the Columbia River near Kalama, Washington on Wednesday initiated the immediate response of the Coast Guard, the Washington Department of Ecology and the Oregon Department of Environment. The spill was reported Wednesday morning by the crew of the dredge YAQUINA alongside the Temco Grain Terminal.  An Agency overflight at noon … [Read more...]

Oil Spill Reported After Tugboat Capsizes Near Vancouver, Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a tugboat which sank overnight on the Fraser River near Vancouver. The Coast Guard reports that the tug, named George H Ledcor, was towing a loaded barge when it capsized at about 11 p.m. on Monday. The overturned tug is located near Deering Island. An oil spill has been reported in the area. The City of … [Read more...]

‘Considerable’ Heavy Fuel Oil Spill in Rotterdam After Odfjell Tanker Contacts Jetty; Reported 220 Tons of HFO Released

Odfjell said in a statement that while navigating to its assigned berth for loading, its vessel Bow Jubail made contact with a jetty and accidentally ruptured its hull, causing the release of about 220 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the fuel tank. AMSTERDAM, June 24 (Reuters) - The Port of Rotterdam said on Sunday a clean-up operation was underway after an oil … [Read more...]

Coast Guard: Dutch-Flagged Tanker Spills HFO in Lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a heavy fuel oil discharge from a Dutch-flagged tanker near Norco, Louisiana. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 1 a.m. Monday of a HFO discharge from the foreign flagged vessel Iver Exporter near mile marker 126 on the Lower Mississippi River. The source of the discharge is reported to … [Read more...]