U.S. Coast Guard responding to oil leak at Bayonne’s Global Container Terminal

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The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne after a container vessel with a capacity for 462,297 gallons of oil sprung a leak.

Photo via cjnlus.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The National Response Center contacted Coast Guard Sector New York watchstanders, Monday, reporting a sheen near the vessel YM Mandate, which also prompted a response from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Gallagher Marine Systems, the Cost Guard announced this afternoon.

A Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) New York boat crew in the area reported a small crack in the ship’s hull which was leaking fuel oil, where Coast Guard investigators confirmed the leak shortly thereafter.

YM Mandate activated its Coast Guard-approved vessel response plan by making notifications and activating response resources, officials said.

Oil containment boom and absorbent pads have been deployed around the YM Mandate and contracted skimming vessels have been working to remove oil from the water.

As a result, all leaking product is currently contained within the boom and skimmer system. Internal transfer of fuel oil from the affected tank is also being conducted.

According to the Coast Guard, the amount of fuel oil leaked is not known at this time.

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