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Leaking Barge Spilling Fuel oil Into New York Waters

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A barge with a leaking cargo  tank spilled fuel oil into a New York City waterway on Saturday,  officials said.

The barge was carrying 112,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil,  but it was unclear how much oil spilled into the water, the U.S.  Coast Guard said in a statement.

The spill came from a Boston Marine Transport Inc barge due  to a leak from its cargo tank, it said.

The leak occurred at Mays Ship Repair near Mariner’s Harbor  in the city’s Staten Island borough, the Coast Guard said. It  was first reported shortly after 11 p.m. local time (0400 GMT)  on Friday, the Coast Guard said.

Boston Marine Transport said fuel was being transferred from  one barge to another when oil could be seen seeping into the  water between them, the Coast Guard said. The first barge had  the leak, it said.

Boston Marine Transport workers put a containment boom  around the two barges, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the fuel was leaking into Kill Van  Kull, a waterway between Staten Island and New Jersey that  connects to New York Bay and the Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were  responding to help contain the spill, the Coast Guard said.

Source: Huffington Post

 

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