Coast Guard responding to Ohio River diesel fuel spill, portion of river closed to vessel traffic

Coast Guard responding to Ohio River diesel fuel spill, portion of river closed to vessel traffic
CINCINNATI — The Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency Region Four and Five as well as Ohio and Kentucky officials are responding to a reported 8,000 gallon diesel spill from the Duke Energy W.C. Beckjord Power Station near Cincinnati, Ohio. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Ohio Valley has established a safety zone on the Ohio River from mile markers 453 to 468, to facilitate spill assessment...

Coast Guard to conduct Operation Mystery Sheen to combat pollution

Coast Guard to conduct Operation Mystery Sheen to combat pollution
LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard will be conducting Operation Mystery Sheen for the next month throughout the Cabrillo, Calif., and Wilmington, Calif., areas. Oil pollution that can cause a sheen on the water is not only a violation of federal, state and local laws but damages the environment to a point of no recovery. Responders from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach will be working in coordination...

Coast Guard, federal, state, local agencies respond to chemical leak near Elizabeth River

Coast Guard, federal, state, local agencies respond to chemical leak near Elizabeth River
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard, federal, state and local first responders are responding Wednesday to a sodium hydroxide chemical leak in Norfolk along the Elizabeth River. It was initially reported the tank was overloaded. Information received since indicates the tank was leaking and not overloaded. Norfolk Fire-Rescue contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads command center personnel at approximately...

Coast Guard responding to multiple vessel collision near New Orleans

Coast Guard responding to multiple vessel collision near New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is investigating a multiple vessel collision on the Mississippi River near Gretna, early Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report, late Tuesday evening, that the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag Gangos lost power and steering near mile marker 97.4 on the Lower Mississippi River. The Flag Gangos collided with the Liberian-flagged...

Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel in Juneau, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel responded to a report of possible pollution caused by the grounding of the motor vessel Pacific Queen, moored at Harris Harbor in Juneau, Tuesday morning. Coast Guard pollution responders arrived on scene and observed a small oil sheen. The hull of Pacific Queen sustained minor damage due to grounding. The owner of the vessel took actions to...

Coast Guard crews seize 10 miles of illegal long line

Coast Guard crews seize 10 miles of illegal long line
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews seized a total of 10 miles of long line fishing gear from multiple Mexican fishermen operating illegally in U.S. waters over the past several days. Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon crewmembers seized two miles of long line gear Friday. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crewmembers seized another seven miles total Saturday and Sunday. Coast Guard Cutter...

Coast Guard, partners rescue entangled 800-pound turtle off South Jersey

Coast Guard, partners rescue entangled 800-pound turtle off South Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape May and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine rescued an approximately 800-pound leatherback turtle Saturday entangled in fishing gear 30 miles off South Jersey. A good Samaritan aboard a recreational fishing boat spotted the distressed turtle and notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. A boat crew from...

Coast Guard Research and Development Center teams with partner agencies for Arctic awareness

Coast Guard Research and Development Center teams with partner agencies for Arctic awareness
SEWARD, Alaska — For a second year, members of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Connecticut, make their way to the large ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to conduct research and test new equipment and technologies with the aim of expanding our knowledge and enhancing our ability to respond to potential hazards and emergencies brought on by increased vessel traffic...

Coast Guard, BP-Husky Toledo refinery to conduct spill response exercise

 Coast Guard, BP-Husky Toledo refinery to conduct spill response exercise
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Ohio, and representatives from the BP-Husky Toledo refinery are scheduled to hold an oil-spill response exercise, Tuesday and Wednesday at various marinas in the Toledo area. The exercise is designed to provide emergency response personnel an opportunity to improve pollution response preparedness by testing local contingency plans and...