Spill responders, salvors assist at Port Angeles terminal overfilling accident

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

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology, Marine Spill Response Corp. and Global Diving & Salvage are responding to a fuel oil spill in Port Angeles, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard received a report of the incident, which took place at the Tesoro Port Angeles terminal at 3:20 a.m. It was reported the spill occurred after a fuel drum was overfilled during fueling operations aboard a barge at the dock.  The area was pre-boomed and the fuel oil is reported to be contained within the boom.

A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew from Station Port Angeles is on scene to maintain a safety zone around the barge and Incident Management personnel from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound are enroute along with DOE personnel.

For more information, please contact the Coast Guard public affairs office at 503-861-6237 or DOE public affairs at 360-480-7908.

By Professional Mariner Staff