Coast Guard responds to fuel spill in Narragansett Bay

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Coast Guard personnel responded to a minor fuel spill this morning in upper Narragansett Bay.

Around 6:20 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report of a diesel fuel spill on the deck of the barge RTC -135, some of which spilled into the water.

While underway in Narragansett Bay, a crew member aboard the tug Nicole Reinauer was conducting standard rounds and noticed fuel on the deck of the barge’s generator room. The generator is located on the top deck of the barge and a fuel filter malfunction was determined to be the cause of the leak.

The Coast Guard immediately notified Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and initiated a rapid response by Coast Guard response personnel. Upon investigation, Coast Guard investigators and Nicole Reinauer personnel determined that approximately fifty gallons had been released from the failed generator filter.

The crew from the tug immediately cleaned up about forty gallons from the barge’s deck and another ten gallons were estimated to have entered the water. The cargo aboard the double-hulled barge was not involved in the incident. A 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill was dispatched to investigate but found no signs of fuel in the water from Newport to the Port of Providence.

The Coast Guard remains vigilant to protect America’s waterways from pollution. It is requested that any pollution or suspicious incidents in any U.S. waterway be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 immediately.

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