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Marine Log

December 16, 2007

Coast Guard responds to Toledo fuel oil spill

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Toledo, Environmental Services and oil spill rsponse contractors have been responding to an approximate 3,300-gallon fuel-oil spill in the Maumee River, Toledo.

The 730-foot bulk carrier Algonorth, managed by Seaway Marine Transport, was departing the Midwest Marine Terminal on Friday evening when the vessel's stern contacted the dock, rupturing two fuel tanks approximately 10 feet above the water line.

The Coast Guard and clean-up contractors deployed approximately 2,400-feet of containment material in the vicinity of the spill.

An additional 1,600-feet was available but was not needed, since most of the spill was thought to have evaporated or dissipated,making it unrecoverable.

After an approximate 14-hour river closure, the Captain of the Port opened the river just after noon Saturday.

Four commercial vessels were delayed due to the closure.

BP Oil, Sun Oil and the Northern Ohio and Michigan Aid consortium provided additional resources to the response.

Boats from Coast Guard Station Toledo and an HH-65 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit provided surface and aerial patrols to search for possible impacted areas.

Algonorth was carrying grain ang getting underway for a St. Lawrence River port when the incident occurred.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.