Coast Guard responds to diesel spill at Wilmington Marine Terminal

5th Coast Guard District NewsWILMINGTON, Del. — The Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill Sunday after a shore crane at the Wilmington Marine Terminal here leaked approximately 1300 gallons of diesel fuel onto a pier and into the water.

Personnel from the Diamond State Port Corporation, which owns the Port of Wilmington, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia at approximately 2:34 a.m. reporting the leaking crane. The company also reported diesel fuel was leaking onto the pier and into a storm drain that discharges into the Christina River, a branch of the Delaware River.

The pier has been cleaned and containment boom and absorbent material is deployed in the affected water, which is about 200 yards surrounding the pier.

The Coast Guard pollution response team from the sector and Delaware Natural Resource and Environmental Control personnel are on scene and investigating the incident.

A Moran Environmental Recovery cleanup crew is also on scene, and the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the clean up.

According to Coast Guard pollution response investigators, there are no known adverse affects to wildlife at this time.

In addition, a representative from the Port of Wilmington reported normal operations at the facility.

The National Response Center is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, please contact 202-267-2675.

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