Savannah fuel spill response continues

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The unified command continues to coordinate fuel spill recovery operations in the Savannah River Tuesday.

Responders have recovered more than 1,000 gallons of oily water mixture and 22 yards of solid soiled waste. More than 6,500 feet of containment boom and 90 responders have been deployed to conduct shoreline assessments and recover as much fuel as possible out of the waterway.

Shipping traffic is still required to maintain minimum safe speed from Elba Island, Ga., to Ocean Terminal to minimize the impact to clean-up operations. The unified command will continue to closely monitor the situation and will adjust river traffic accordingly if needed.

The unified command consists of representatives from the Coast Guard, Georgia Port Authority, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, O’Briens Response Management Group, Marine Spill Response Corps, and Crowley Maritime Corporation.

Liberty, a 625-foot roll on/off vessel, reported a hull puncture while attempting to depart Ocean Terminal at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah is investigating the cause of the incident. There have been no reports of impacted wildlife.

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