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‘Massive’ oil spill off of Staten Island

12/18/2012

MARINER’S HARBOR, N.Y. – A broadcast notice to mariners is in place advising mariners to transit the area here off Staten Island with caution due to pollution caused by what the Coast Guard is calling a “massive” fuel spill. The incident took place at Mays Ship Repair at 11:22 p.m. on Friday, the Coast Guard reports, coming from Boston Marine Transport’s barge Boston No. 30, due to a leak from its cargo tank, which was carrying 112,000 gallons of fuel oil.

12.18.12.spill2It is still unclear how much fuel escaped, but the Coat Guard reports 156,000 gallons of oil and water mixture has been recovered as of this morning.

According to Boston Marine, product was being transferred from Barge Boston No. 30 to Barge DBL 25, when personnel on scene noticed product was entering the water between the two barges. Boston Marine Transport Inc. personnel then applied containment boom around the two barges.

Boston Marine Transport Inc. has contracted an oil spill clean-up organization that has placed additional containment boom and absorbent material around the two barges. Further cleanup efforts in affected areas are also underway. At least 29 skimmers, 12 vacuum trucks, 13 storage barges have been involved in the clean-up, along with 47,000 feet of boom at Shooter's Island and Mays Shipyard and deployed along Kill Van Kull Waterway.

12.18.12.spill4The US Coast Guard, Gallagher Marine Systems, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection have established a Unified Command to effectively run the response as well as deploying staff and response contractors in the field. On the job are some 51 personnel in the unified command, plus an additional 301 contracted personnel.

A temporary phone number for vessel owners to call to report oiled vessels has been established at 800-733-6175.

12/20/2012 5:04:07 AM Curtiss Pulliam says:
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YES, them companies are hungry, meanwhile, that aint enough oil to worry about. It's not like it is black oil or crude. It's not like fish live in those waters. there are no mansions or Museums on the kills.

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