Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector Boston survey the spilled oil from the USNS Fisher July 10, 2014. The ship spilled 11,000 gallons but was contained by the dry dock. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a spill of approximately 11,000 gallons of oil inside a Boston dry dock facility, but luckily no oil has reached the surrounding waters.
The Coast Guard says that the oil spill was reported Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. in a dry dock at the Boston Ship Repair facility that is currently housing the USNS Fisher, a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship belonging to the U.S. Navy.
Responders include a Coast Guard Sector Boston facility and pollution response team, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Boston Fire Department.
The Coast Guard reports that the oil spill is self-contained within the dry dock, but approximately 600 feet of boom has been placed in the surrounding waters as a precaution. The spill is estimated to be approximately 11,000 gallons of oil.
A total of six commercial vacuum trucks were deployed to clean up the spill.
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