Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Delaware River

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard responded to an oil spill in the Delaware River near Paulsboro, N.J. on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 10:45 a.m.  reporting that oil was leaking from the Tigani, a 809-foot, Malta-flagged tanker operated by Cardiff Marine Inc. The tanker was moored at the Citgo Asphalt facility in Paulsboro when number six bunker oil started leaking into the river.

It is estimated approximately 1,200 gallons of oil has entered the water.

A unified command has been established to coordinate and manage the response effort.

Environment protection boom has been deployed around the ship to contain the spill, and deflection boom has been deployed near Mantua and Woodbury creeks to protect these sensitive areas.

The O’Brien’s Group of West Windsor Township, N.J., contracted Clean Venture to begin cleanup operations.

In addition to Clean Venture, responding to the spill are members from:

* Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, P.A.
* New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
* Delaware Bay and River Co-op
* Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has established a safety zone for the entire length of the Mifflin Range in the Delaware River, Mantua Creek, Mantua Creek Anchorage and Woodbury Creek. Vessel traffic is restricted to alternating, one-way traffic.

The cause of the spill is currently under investigation.

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