Containership leaks fuel oil through hull at NJ terminal


(NEW YORK) — A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Gallagher Marine Systems, continued in the response to a container vessel leaking fuel oil Wednesday at the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, N.J.

The container vessel YM Mandate is no longer leaking fuel oil from a crack in the hull. Fuel oil is being pumped from the affected tank to a barge alongside the vessel. Oil containment boom and absorbent pads are deployed around YM Mandate and skimming vessels continue to remove oil from the water.

The National Response Center contacted Coast Guard Sector New York watch standers Monday, reporting a sheen near the container vessel. Coast Guard investigators confirmed a fuel oil leak coming from a crack in the vessel’s hull. YM Mandate activated its Coast Guard-approved vessel response plan by making notifications and activating response resources.

Fuel oil will continue to be pumped from the affected tank until it is empty and repairs to the hull can be made.

The affected tank has a capacity of 462,297 gallons. The amount of fuel oil leaked is not known at this time.

Hannes van Rijn/Baltic Shipping photo
By Professional Mariner Staff