SEATTLE — Coast Guard and Washington Dept. of Ecology personnel are on scene responding to pollution from a vessel that was discharging diesel fuel in Lake Union, Tuesday.
Responders from Incident Management Division in Seattle arrived on scene at 8:30 a.m. and are working with partner agencies to monitor the situation and oversee cleanup.
At approximately 8 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a report from the National Response Center of a possible diesel oil discharge from a 90-foot vessel moored at Lake Union Drydock.
A fuel tank crack caused the vessel’s bilge to fill and discharge an estimated 50 gallons of oil into the water. The vessel reportedly had a total of 3,000 gallons of fuel aboard.
Containment boom was placed around the vessel to prevent the fuel from spreading and the bilge pump has been properly secured.
Global Diving and Salvage was contracted to clean up the area and mitigate any further pollution.