Coast Guard monitoring diesel spill in Norfolk, Va.

NORFOLK, Va. – Coast Guard investigators from Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Va., are monitoring the response to a diesel spill from a tug boat that capsized in Lyons Shipyard east of Harbor Park in Norfolk Monday.

The National Response Center notified Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at 5:54 a.m. that the tug Susan Anne had capsized while moored at the shipyard, resulting in a spill of up to 1,000 gallons of fuel.

Norfolk Fire Department personnel arrived on scene first and deployed absorbent pads to mitigate the spill while waiting for IMS Environmental Services and Coast Guard personnel to arrive.

Accurate Marine Environmental has contained the spill and is recovering the fuel, and the tug owner is working to re-float the vessel.

The Coast Guard investigators are working to determine the cause.

“The Coast Guard will actively monitor this situation over the next few days to make sure the oil is not only contained, but recovered,” said Capt. John Little, deputy commander of Sector Hampton Roads.

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