Coast Guard, state, and local agencies monitor clean-up of spill in Marina Del Rey

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN PEDRO, Calif. –The Coast Guard, state, and local responders are monitoring the clean-up of a diesel fuel spill in the “A” Basin of Marina Del Rey, Calif., May 2, 2012.

Diesel fuel spilled from an 84-foot privately owned yacht when a fitting in the fuel tank failed, causing the diesel to leak into the bilge. The bilge pump automatically activated, sending the discharge into the water.

Coast Guard pollution investigators arrived at the site of the discharge and have identified the responsible party, who is taking steps to arrange for a swift cleanup. The Coast Guard will supervise throughout cleanup efforts.

Although the exact amount of diesel fuel spilled has not been determined, the affected tank capacity is 500 gallons. It is believed that 250 gallons of diesel fuel was in the tank at the time of the leak. The failed tank fitting has been clamped off and no additional fuel is leaking. Two layers of floating boom and one layer of absorbent boom have been deployed by Los Angeles County Fire Department responders to contain the sheen.

The vessel owner has hired a commercial oil spill response organization to respond. The Coast Guard, LA County Fire Department, Marina Del Rey Harbor Patrol, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and California Department of Fish and Game’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response have stood up a Unified Command Post to oversee the operation.

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