The Unified Command for the Goethals Oil Spill positively identified that tar balls recovered from Jacob Riis Park correlate to the fuel oil discharge caused by the container ship Dublin Express, on the Arthur Kill Waterway, on March 28.
The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory completed fingerprinting of the tar balls, verifying the recovered oil was found to match the vessel as the source.
Despite the fact that NOAA trajectories don’t forecast any further impacts, Unified Command will continue to monitor the area through local stakeholders.
Cleanup operations in Arthur Kill Waterway are ongoing since the incident occurred.
Shoreline assessments in New York and New Jersey areas have continued since last week, and there have been no reports of additional impacted areas.
Mainly, the container ship Dublin Express experienced an oil leak while moored at the Global Marine New York Container Terminal in Staten Island.
The oil spill occurred in the Arthur Kill waterway near the Goethals Bridge.
After the incident, Hapag-Lloyd informed that the oil spill was due to a hole in the vessel’s hull, that has now been sealed.