Coast Guard continues to monitor oil spill cleanup in Bayridge Anchorage

NEW YORK- Cleanup efforts continue after an estimated 108 gallons of number six oil were recovered about one mile northeast of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Bayridge Anchorage, N.Y., today.

Cleanup teams removed over two gallons of number six oil from the water and about 106 gallons from the deck of the freight ship, Mariano Lauro.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City conducted an over flight of the area at first light and reported no additional sheening on the water. Pollution investigators from Sector New York and boat crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Millers Launch conducted shoreline searches on the Staten Island and Brooklyn coasts and reported no visible sheen on the surface.

The 290-foot barge from KSEA Transportation Inc., reported while it was transferring oil to the freight ship, Mariano Lauro, some of the oil spilled from a vent into the water at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The cleanup efforts were suspended at 11 p.m. and resumed again at about 6:30 a.m. today.

The barge’s crew deployed a 50-foot section of absorbent boom between the barge and the ship immediately after the spill.

“Before it can leave port, the freight ship will be required to clean an oily residue from both its port and starboard sides,” said Lt. j.g. Elisabeth Murtha, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “The crew plans to conduct a hull scrubbing to ensure that all product has been cleaned.”

For any third party pollution claims contact a Hudson Marine representative at 888-509-8591.

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