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New York: Fuel oil barge with 14,000 barrels on board grounded

24 Aug 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday morning responded to the grounding of a fuel oil barge in Coney Island Channel near Brighton Beach, New York. 

At approximately 9:00 a.m. tugboat Eastern Dawn was pushing the barge Port Chester when it ran soft aground near Coney Island Channel Buoy 3, it said. 

The tug and barge crew confirmed there were 14,000 barrels of fuel oil on board the barge and reported no pollution. 

“Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New York responded to ensure the safety of the barge and surrounding vessel traffic,” notes the Coast Guard report.

“Pollution response teams and investigation officials from Coast Guard Sector New York were also on scene to assess the incident and confirmed no fuel entered the water.”

According to the Coast Guard, the barge Port Chester was able to refloat during high tide at approximately 2:30 p.m., and arrived at its destination in Jamaica, Queens, New York. 

Both vessels must be inspected and cleared before operating again, following the incident.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

Published: 24 August, 2018

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