NEW YORK – The Coast Guard received a report at approximately 10 a.m. from FDNY of an oil sheen at Valentino Pier in Brooklyn, New York. FDNY, seeking to establish the amount and type, responded with FDNY assets Marine 6 and Hazmat 1.
A Coast Guard 45-foot response vessel and crew from Station New York was deployed to the spill. Once on scene, the response crew reported a sheen in the water surrounding the Valentino Pier, measuring approximately 150 feet by 30 feet. FDNY and the Coast Guard both reported the substance to be petroleum based, and red in color.
In the interest of safety, the Coast Guard issued a notice to mariners over VHF channel 16, advising mariners to stay clear of the area, and transit at a reduced speed until the cleanup is completed.
Coast Guard pollution investigators were sent to investigate the spill, joined shortly after by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, who determined there were approximately 20 gallons of diesel oil in the water.
The Coast Guard is investigating this incident in correlation to an earlier report from the tug Timothy Reinauer, in which a 1-foot by 1-foot emulsified oil pocket was reported near their tug. The Timothy Reinauer has since transited to the Reinauer yard, where they boomed off the tug and ordered divers to investigate. A local dive company found a crack in the hull adjacent to the fuel tank, located just below the water line. Miller’s Environmental responded and boomed off the tug. Coast Guard pollution investigators reported that there is no recoverable product in the Erie Basin.
The tug’s operator has since emptied the fuel tank, and is effecting permanent repairs. Reinhauer Tugs have contracted Miller’s Environmental, who are currently on scene cleaning up the spill.
Mariners both recreational and commercial are reminded to avoid transiting the area surrounding the Valentino Pier until the cleanup has been completed.