Posted on February 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
US-flagged containership, MATSONIA, has been spilling heavy fuel oil into San Francisco Bay, according to a report by the United States Coast Guard.
The Matson-owned containership, arrived in Oakland, San Francisco on Thursday morning.
Shortly after mooring, the crew of the S/S Matsonia noticed a sheen surrounding the vessel.
Assuming that the oil leak originated from within the vessel, at approximately 08:00 am in the morning the crew initiated the vessel’s response plan and proceeded to deploy an oil boom around the containership.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and National Response centre were promptly notified of the incident.
Divers that were sent to investigate the sheen, discovered a fracture in the ship’s hull, located 15-feet below the waterline, next to the starboard fuel tank.
Marine inspectors and pollution responders were called in in order to conduct a ship assessment and in order to ensure that proper pollution containment measures have been followed.
The crew of the Matsonia managed to successfully transfer the heavy fuel oil to other fuel tanks, thus avoiding any further water contamination.
A barge arrived at the scene on Friday in order to offload fuel from the Matsonia.
Once the fuel tank is deemed safe to enter, the USCG marine inspectors will take a closer look at the fuel tank and will oversee repairs.
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