Thus, the Coast Guard is taking the measures needed to control the situation and rapidly respond to an oil discharge near Pier 19 in Honolulu.

The crew of the container vessel berthed at Pier 19 and commenced their Vessel Response Plan, followed by clean-up operations. In the meantime, Pacific Environmental Corporation and Marine Spill Response Corporation representatives deployed 25 bales of absorbent material stretching from the stern of the vessel to Pier 22.

Two response vessels arrived on scene and deployed 1,600 feet of hard boom surrounding the 25 bales of absorbent material and spilled oil.

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The Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from the master of the vessel Kamokuiki that heavy fuel oil discharged during bunkering operations with a barge.

To better assist the situation, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew completed an over-flight on November 7, of the impacted area and confirmed some of the oil had leaked out of the contained area and was coming ashore near Coast Guard Base Honolulu on Sand Island.

For the time being, two barrels of approximately 84 gallons of oil has been recovered with sorbent material, and another 40 gallons have been cleaned up by skimmers currently deployed in the area.

Concluding, the Coast Guard highlights that there have been no reports of impacted wildlife.

 

See also:

  1. Who is who at an oil spill: Roles and responsibilities
  2. New limits of liability under OPA 90