Coast Guard responds to oil spill off Savannah coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill approximately nine-miles offshore of Savannah after a tank ship punctured a hole in its double-hulled fuel tank during the deployment of the ship’s anchor Sunday.

The Singapore based tank ship, Stolt Vision, reportedly sustained a rupture to the starboard fuel tank located beneath the water surface while lowering its anchor at approximately 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah conducted an over flight of the area at approximately 8 p.m., and confirmed an oil sheen approximately two-miles long and 60-feet wide.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Station Tybee Island, Ga., and Air Station Savannah are responding to the incident.

The ship is currently at anchor pending first light evaluations of the situation.

There is no hazard to navigation or closure to the Port of Savannah as a result of this spill.

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