Coast Guard responds to minor fuel spill in the Savannah River

Coast Guard District 17 NewsSAVANNAH, Ga. – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah responded to a fuel spill in between the Houlihan Bridge and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge in the Savannah River Saturday.

The motor vessel Ever Diadem, a 965-foot container ship, overfilled a fuel tank at approximately 6:10 a.m. Saturday morning during refueling operations. Approximately 2,000-gallons of No. 6 fuel oil spilled onto the vessel and into the waterway.

The source of the spill was secured and approximately 6,000-feet of boom was placed in the river to minimize the spread of fuel. 2,080-feet of absorbent boom and a skimmer have also been deployed to recover fuel.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah conducted over flights to assess the environmental impact and Coast Guard MSU Savannah personnel are on scene coordinating the cleanup efforts, conducting shoreline assessments as well as investigating the cause of the incident.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution around the area.

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