Coast Guard Responds to Maumee River Fuel Oil Spill

CLEVELAND – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo responded to a fuel-oil spill of approximately 2,500 gallons from the 730-foot bulk carrier Algonorth in the Maumee River Friday at approximately 9 p.m.

The Coast Guard and clean-up contractors deployed approximately 4,000 feet of containment boom in the vicinity.

The Maumee River has been closed to all commercial vessel traffic.

The Algonorth departed the Midwest Terminal with a load of grain when the incident occurred.

The Canadian vessel, which is owned by Algoma Central Marine, was headed to Port Cartier in Quebec.

The Coast Guard is working closely with several industry, federal, state and city representatives to protect the environment.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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