OIL SPILLS

STATEN ISLAND

12-15-2 012 

The Coast Guard is responding to a fuel oil spill in the waters off Staten Island. The fuel is leaking from a cargo tank aboard a barge at Mays Ship Repair. The Coast Guard says the leak began late Friday. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jetta Disco said early Saturday that authorities have narrowed down the source of the leak to one tank on the barge. She says that tank’s capacity is 147,000 gallons, but it’s not clear how much has leaked. Disco says a flyover is scheduled after sunup to assess the extent of the spill. A company has been contracted to start cleanup. Mariners are being advised to travel through the area with caution because of pollution.

ARUBA

12-19-2012

    A container ship that brings essential products to Aruba on a regular basis was blamed Tuesday for an oil spill in the Dutch Caribbean island, according to authorities. Ports Director Alfonso Boekhoudt said the spill occurred when crews tried to empty the ship’s ballast tank, which was filled with oil instead of water. Authorities don’t know how much oil was spilled, but Boekhoudt said cleanup crews prevented the oil from reaching nearby beaches. He said two cruise ships and other boats were affected by the spill that occurred in the island’s main harbor. The Southern Bay container ship owned by Belgium-based Seatrade flies under a Monrovian flag and visits Aruba every five weeks. It carries cheese, milk and other products, said Maria Winkel of Global Marine, who serves as Seatrade’s agent in Aruba. Seatrade is the only company that services Aruba directly from the Netherlands, she said. The ship was allowed to leave Aruba after the captain signed a culpability declaration for insurance purposes, Boekhoudt said.

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