FILE PHOTO: YM Mandate. Photo: MarineTraffic.com
The containership that was leaking fuel oil from a crack in its hull has been moved to a facility at the Port of New York for repairs, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
The YM Mandate is no longer leaking fuel oil and a dive inspection has shown no addition damage.
The 6,500 TEU capacity YM Mandate arrived at the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey on Monday from Halifax, Nova Scotia. A sheen was later reported near the ship and a Coast Guard boat crew investigating the report discovered a small crack in the ship’s hull which was leaking fuel oil.
The impacted tank was reported to a capacity of 462,297 gallons, but so far it is unclear just how much fuel oil had leaked. A barge was brought alongside the vessel and pumped fuel oil from the tank.
Photos of the crack were released by the U.S. Coast Guard New York sector below:
The Coast Guard reported Sunday that the YM Mandate had departed the GCT Bayonne terminal on Saturday to undergo repairs at a different facility in the Port of New York. The departure was approved following the cleaning of the vessel.
A Unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Gallagher Marine Systems
“The response was quick and efficient thanks to the strong coordination of all agencies involved,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Clark, Coast Guard Incident Commander. “We take any release of oil into the maritime environment extremely seriously and we greatly appreciate the efforts of our partner agencies.”
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