Pollution clean up operations conclude in Charenton Navigational Canal

Marine Safety Unit Morgan CityMORGAN CITY, La. — Clean up and recovery operations of the pollution caused by the sinking of the Hercules 61 MIDU in April 2010 in the Charenton Navigational Canal is complete.

The Coast Guard, along with the responsible party, GreenCo Industrial Solutions, Inc., mitigated any environmental hazards the MIDU represented prior to any salvage work commencing.

“The Coast Guard, as well as GreenCo, worked closely together to ensure a thorough and efficient clean up to the environmental threat of the MIDU,” said Capt. Jonathan Burton, commanding officer Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City.

The Coast Guard was responsible for overseeing the clean-up response to the MIDU.

Clean-up operations of the estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel and oil sludge on the MIDU took two days and concluded Thursday.

Assets GreenCo mobilized for the pollution and response included:

– Approximately 400 feet of absorbent and containment boom,

– 3 vaccum trucks,

– 4 Weir Skimmers.

A salvage plan to remove the MIDU from the Charenton Naviagational Canal has been approved by the Coast Guard. GreenCo is expected to commence work shortly on that phase of the operation with oversight from Marine Safety Unit Morgan City.

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