Clean up continues after tug runs aground in Buzzards Bay

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
BOSTON — Federal, state and local agencies continue to monitor clean up and recovery efforts today after a tugboat grounded at the southern end of Cape Cod Canal early March 21, closing the canal for several hours.

An incident command post was established at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to assess pollution, coordinate clean up efforts and the removal of debris left from the tug Justice that ran aground, damaging its propulsion system and discharging approximately 330 gallons of gear oil into the waters of Buzzards Bay.

The incident remains under investigation.

The Justice, a 93-foot tug boat, moored at the Mass. Maritime Academy, in Buzzards Bay, Mass. after running aground near the Stony Point Dyke, March 21, 2013. The sheen is reported to be gear oil from the tugs propulsion drive, which was damaged in the grounding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Simpson.

The Justice, a 93-foot tug boat, moored at the Mass. Maritime Academy, in Buzzards Bay, Mass. after running aground near the Stony Point Dyke, March 21, 2013. The sheen is reported to be gear oil from the tugs propulsion drive, which was damaged in the grounding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Simpson.

The Coast Guard and partnership agencies work together and stage off absorbent boom to contain a spill in Buzzards Bay, Mass., March 21, 2013. The unified team worked together to contain gear oil that spilled after a 93-foot tugboat, Justice, grounded near the Stony Point Dyke, in Wareham, Mass., at Midnight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Simpson.

The Coast Guard and partnership agencies work together and stage off absorbent boom to contain a spill in Buzzards Bay, Mass., March 21, 2013. The unified team worked together to contain gear oil that spilled after a 93-foot tugboat, Justice, grounded near the Stony Point Dyke, in Wareham, Mass., at Midnight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Simpson.

BOSTON-A unified team of federal, state and port partners respond to an oil sheen in Buzzards Bay after the tugboat Justice grounded near the Stony Point Dyke, in Wareham, Mass., March 21, 2013. Agencies worked together to contain the spill by booming off areas and using absorbent pads. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

BOSTON-A unified team of federal, state and port partners respond to an oil sheen in Buzzards Bay after the tugboat Justice grounded near the Stony Point Dyke, in Wareham, Mass., March 21, 2013. Agencies worked together to contain the spill by booming off areas and using absorbent pads. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

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