Posted on March 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
United States Coast Guard has reported an oil spill that originated from a containership that had been moored in New York’s Staten Island.
The fuel leak was noticed in the afternoon of March the 28th; the vessel was docked at the time at the Global Marine New York Container Terminal, in the Arthur Kill waterway near the Goethals Bridge.
There’s limited information at the moment as to the amount of fuel that has spilt into the waterway, and the reason behind it, but the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has opened an investigation into the incident.
Following the incident, the USCG has placed a containment boom around the container ship in order to prevent any further oil pollution and has deployed multiple oil spill response vessels to the location.
“The Marine Transportation System in this area is vital to the movement of commercial goods and petroleum cargoes throughout the Port of New York/New Jersey. Our priorities are to mitigate the risk of pollution and re-open the waterway as quickly as possible,” said Capt. Jason Tama, Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey in a statement to the press.
The vessel apparently responsible for the oil slick, is the German-flagged container ship, Dublin Express, and is reportedly the only ship berthed in the aforementioned position.
It arrived at the Global Marine New York Container Terminal at 12:00 LT on March the 28th, having originally sailed from Fort Lauderdale.
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