Car carrier spills 2,000 gallons of fuel into Delaware river

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:


(WILMINGTON, Del.) — Coast Guard oil spill response personnel from Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and private sector spill clean-up contractors have contained an approximately 2,000 gallon spill of #6 fuel oil released from the car carrier Honor, while it was moored at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., Thursday.

The vessel’s hull and the fuel tank was pierced by a mooring bollard on the dock, releasing the oil.

A containment boom has been placed around the vessel, which has kept the spilled oil in the area between the vessel and the pier. Approximately 30 combined personnel from different agencies, four on water skimmers, and five vacuum trucks have been deployed and are in the process of recovering the oil. An additional protective boom has been placed across the Christina River just below the I-495 bridge, and is ready to be deployed across the mouth of the Christina River, in the unlikely event oil migrates beyond the containment boom surrounding the Honor.

On water oil recovery operations are scheduled to continue throughout the evening.

Other cargo operations at the port have not been impeded by the spill response activity.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Coast Guard.

By Professional Mariner Staff