Coast Guard oversees Staten Island oil spill clean-up efforts

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
Staten Island – The following updates are available following the Boston Marine Transport Inc., incident which took place at Mays Ship Repair at 11:22 p.m., Friday, December 14.

  • Upon investigation, the source of the fuel spill was isolated to the #2 port tank of Boston No. 30, which was carrying a max capacity of 112,000 gallons. Boston Marine Transport Inc. personnel are conducting soundings in the barge tanks to determine the actual amount of fuel spilled into the water.
  • Coast Guard Sector New York pollution responders, along with several personnel from local and state agencies are currently working to mitigate the spill’s impacts on the economy, the environment and public health.
  • There is currently 2,000 feet of boom around the barges; 13,600 feet of boom deployed at Shooter’s Island and Mays Shipyard; and 2,400 feet of boom deployed along Kill Van Kull Waterway.
  • 7 skimmers are deployed at Mays Shipyard, and 11 shoreline teams deployed to affected areas.
  • The majority of the spill is still recoverable and located in the immediate industrial area of the barge.  Booms have been put in place to protect Shooter’s Island Bird Sanctuary.
  • 50,000 feet of boom is on scene, including what has been deployed. In addition, 10 skimmers, 6 vacuum trucks, and 2 vacuum units are en route.
  • Gallagher Marine Systems, Miller’s Environmental, Kens Marine, Marine Spill Response Corporation, Clean Harbors Oil Spill Company, New York State Dept of Environment Conservation and New Jersey Dept of Environmental Protection have sent representatives to Coast Guard Sector New York’s temporary Unified Command.
  • A broadcast notice to mariners is in place advising mariners to transit the area with caution due to pollution. All waterways remain open.
  • Gallagher Marine has established a temporary phone number for vessel owners to call to report oiled vessels. Please call 800-733-6175 to make a report.
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is responding to reports of affected wildlife. Affected wildlife reported to date: 3 sea gulls.
121216-G-OD937-192 Efforts to clean up oil spill

NEW YORK –Members from the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team and Sector New York conduct atmospheric testing in areas where contractors are working to clean up the oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2ndClass Jetta H. Disco.

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NEW YORK – Environmental clean-up contractors skim the waters at the site of an oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

121216-G-OD937-021 Efforts to clean up oil spill

NEW YORK – Environmental clean-up contractors skim the waters at the site of an oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

121216-G-OD937-043 Efforts to clean up oil spill

NEW YORK – Environmental clean-up contractors skim the waters at the site of an oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

121216-G-OD937-217 Efforts to clean up oil spill

NEW YORK – Boom is placed around Shooter’s Island, a protected bird sanctuary, to prevent impact from the oil spill in Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

121216-G-OD937-210 Efforts to clean up oil spill

NEW YORK – Boom is placed around a barge that leaked fuel oil to contain the spill and minimize the amount of impact to Kill Van Kull, Staten Island, N.Y. Dec. 16, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

 

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