U.S. Coast Guard responds to Kapolei fuel spill

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to a reported fuel spill at the Phoenician Yard in the Campbell Industrial Park.

At approximately 11 a.m. Friday, the fishing vessel Lady Anna’s fuel tank ruptured as the vessel was being hoisted out of the water. Approximately 200 gallons of diesel spilled into the water, and another 700 gallons of diesel spilled on land; however, most of the fuel in the water was contained at the boat ramp.

Coast Guard pollution investigators from Sector Honolulu arrived on scene at approximately 12:20 p.m. and are currently working with a contracted clean-up company, the Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO), to contain the spill. Additionally, response personnel are employing two hard booms, sorbent boom and vacuum trucks.

A Coast Guard HH-65 rescue helicopter overflight reported a patchy sheen spreading along the coastline, but on-scene crews from the PENCO response vessel report that the very light sheen is evaporating. Another flight is planned this afternoon to ensure clean-up efforts have contained the sheen.

Coast Guard crews are also making notifications to the local community, including hotels and businesses in the area. The Coast Guard is also coordinating closely with the Hawaii State Department of Health to ensure the local community is advised of the potential pollution.

The public is asked to report pollution to the Coast Guard’s 24-hour command center in Honolulu Harbor at 808-842-2600 or the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

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