Coast Guard, DEP conclude cleanup operations at Tarpon Springs, Fla., sponge docks

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard and the Department of Environmental Protection concluded the pollution cleanup Wednesday from a boat that caught fire near the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, May 14.

During the eight-day clean-up process, SWS Environmental Services collected approximately four tons of soiled debris and 6,213 gallons of water, diesel mix from the area surrounding the vessel Skye Marie.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team tagged the vessel with a lit red buoy to mark the vessel as a hazard to navigation. The Coast Guard continues to send out a Safety Marine Information Broadcast informing mariners to take caution when transiting the area.

No affected wildlife have been reported.

Contractors and all cleanup equipment have been removed from the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sector St. Petersburg's Aids to Navigation Team tags the vessel Skye Marie with a lit red buoy to mark the vessel as a hazard to navigation, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Tarpon Springs, Fla., sponge docks. The Coast Guard continues to send out a Safety Marine Information Broadcast informing mariners to take caution when transiting the area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Sector St. Petersburg’s Aids to Navigation Team tags the vessel Skye Marie with a lit red buoy to mark the vessel as a hazard to navigation, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Tarpon Springs, Fla., sponge docks. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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