oil spill response

320,000 gallons of oil and water removed from Golden Ray

Notably, salvors have finished removing all the fuel from the tanks accessible on the capsized car carrier Golden Ray. It is said that more than 320,000 gallons of oil and water mixture were removed, while the St. Simons Sound Unified Command is still carrying out a forensic investigation in order to establish an accurate measure of the fuel onboard at the time of the incident and the amount discharged into the environment. 

Removal of Golden Ray to take longer than expected

Last Wednesday, November 20, the U.S. Coast Guard told local leaders that the wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia. In fact, during a meeting of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Cmdr. Matt Baer (USCG), who works with the Unified Command responsible for overseeing the salvage operation, said that the vessel’s position on a soft sandbank will make the effort lengthy and challenging. 

Five vessels in the spotlight in relation to Brazil oil spill

Speaking to the news agency AFP, a spokeswoman for the Greek coastguard said the investigation conducted in Brazil, indicated showed that five vessels from different countries are suspects for the large oil spill, including a Greek one.

Portland coast guard blocks protests against Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Monday, November 4, a law enforcement team of Portland’s Coast Guard cooperated with local law enforcement officers to remove protesters of the “Portland Rising Tide” from Port of Vancouver’s Berth 9, where the activists were hanging from hammocks trying to block the freighter Patagonia, which is carrying pipe material for the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. 

USCG deals with three oil spills

The US Coast Guard had to deal with three oil spill responses on Monday, October 28, in three different parts of the US, trying to save the environment and the wildlife from the fatal impacts of an oil spill. 

Golden Ray’s oil is being monitored

The USCG announced that they will continue their attempts to keep the marine environment safe in the area where Golden Ray grounded, as following the improved weather conditions on-water response has resumed and lightering operations have already removed 200,000 gallons of fuel from the vessel.

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