Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill in Kill Van Kull


12/19/2012: The Coast Guard continues its response to a fuel spill near Mariner’s Harbor, Staten Island, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2012.

The National Response Center notified the Coast Guard of the incident, which took place at Mays Ship Repair.

It was reported that the spill came from the barge, Boston No. 30, due to a leak from its cargo tank.

 Credit:U.S. Coast Guard District 1 PADET New York: 12/15/12

More on the spill from The New York Times:

Oil from a barge spilled into the waters off Staten Island, spreading to a bird sanctuary on an island in Newark Bay, the Coast Guard said on Saturday.The spill was detected shortly after 11 p.m. Friday at May Ship Repair, said Petty Officer Erik Swanson, a Coast Guard spokesman. Petty Officer Swanson said that fuel oil was being transferred from a barge called Boston 30 to another barge, DBL 25, when workers noticed that it was also darkening the water between the vessels.

Workers placed a boom on the surface of the water to contain the oil, added absorbent materials and notified the authorities, Petty Officer Swanson said.The oil was coming from one of the Boston 30’s tanks, which was carrying 112,000 gallons. The barge is owned by Boston Marine Transport of Massachusetts.