OSV spills diesel after grounding off Louisiana

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel oversaw the salvage of the offshore supply vessel Candy Store, which ran aground north of Monkey Island near Cameron, La.

The damaged vessel is being transported to a shipyard in Morgan City, La., for permanent repairs.

The vessel owners and salvage representatives developed and executed a vessel lift plan which allowed them to safely remove the damaged vessel from the water and place it onto a deck barge.

No additional recoverable pollution is present in the vicinity of Monkey Island as a result of the vessel recovery operation.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.


(HOUSTON) — Coast Guard personnel conducted an on-scene investigation Tuesday and oversaw oil recovery operations after the 145-foot offshore supply vessel Candy Store ran aground north of Monkey Island, near Cameron, La.

It is estimated that 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the marine environment due to damage to one of the vessel’s diesel tanks. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) personnel completed shore and waterside pollution assessments while overseeing the cleanup efforts of the contracted oil spill response organization (OSRO). Due to weather, including the recent steady rainfall, the spilled diesel fuel has largely dissipated and poses minimal threat to the environment or public.

The vessel owners and OSRO prevented the spill of an additional estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel which were in the damaged tank by transferring the fuel to undamaged vessel tanks and containers.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel are working with the company’s salvage representatives and divers to develop a plan to affect temporary repairs to the vessel so it can be safely moved to a shipyard for permanent repairs.

The vessel poses no threat to navigation at this time.


(HOUSTON) — Coast Guard crews assisted a 145-foot offshore supply vessel taking on water, near Cameron, La., early Monday morning.

At midnight, the crew of Candy Store contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers to report the vessel was taking on water and in need of assistance.

A Station Lake Charles 29-foot response boat-small boat crew was launched. Once on scene, the crew of the RB-S passed two dewatering pumps to the vessel and remained on scene throughout the night with Candy Store.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to fuel discharge around the partially submerged vessel.

By Professional Mariner Staff