Coast Guard responding to sheen in New Bedford Harbor

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON – U.S. Coast Guard crews along with port partners responded to reports of a diesel-fuel sheen in New Bedford Harbor, Mass., after receiving a report at 8 a.m., Thursday.

The area impacted is located south of the Fish Island Bridge on the west side of the harbor.

Working to determine the source of the sheen are crews from:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment New Bedford
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • New Bedford Fire Department

Response teams have deployed approximately 150 feet of boom to contain the sheen, and are using sorbent pads to target specific areas for cleanup. Frank Corps is the contracted oil spill response organization conducting the cleanup.

“This case highlights great interagency work and quick response,” said Lt. Brian Swintek from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Our goal now is to contain what’s out there and mitigate the impact to the environment and port.”

High tide is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. and sea state is calm.

In an average year, the Coast Guard responds to 250 reports of pollution in the northeastern U.S.

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