Coast Guard monitors fuel spill cleanup in Mariners Harbor

NEW YORK-Coast Guard Sector New York personnel are overseeing the cleanup of approximately 200 gallons of number 3-diesel fuel that spilled into the water in Mariners Harbor, N.Y., on Friday.

Coast Guard Sector New York received a call from a Cleanwater Facility of New York Inc. representative at about 6:30 stating that the fuel spilled following a transfer onboard the 220-foot tank barge Josiah Bartlett.

The facility deployed an absorbent boom as soon as the spill was discovered and Miller’s Environmental arrived on scene at 7:45 and deployed a containment boom around the vessel. Coast Guard pollution investigators also arrived on scene to further investigate the spill.

“We commend the responsible party for the quick action in notifying the Coast Guard and taking responsibility for the cleanup,” said Lt. Caren Damon, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “It’s possible that there will be some residual sheen for the next couple of days.”

Representatives from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City and New Jersey Department’s of Environmental Protection have been notified of the situation.

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