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General accident information
Class/Quality * * *
Year 2000
Summary A tug maneuvering alongside a
Tanker put a hole in fuel tank
Causing release and pollution
Of the bay
Country USA
Activity NAVIGATION (MARINE)
Location LAKE
Chemicals Fuel oil
Cause Human-failure
Fatalities/Injuries 0 / 0
Occurrences or events Clean-up, Collision, Drive, Pollution/Contamination,
Recover, Release
 
 
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Country: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
Date : 2000 0914


A tug manoeuvring alongside the "USS DETROIT" put a hole in one of "DETROIT's fuel tanks, spilling 113.6/m3 of fuel into a bay.
Contractors deployed 5486/m of containment boom in environmentally sensitive area around the bay and a weapons station. Approximately 3.8/m3 of fuel was recovered; the remainder was lost to evaporation. The weather cooperated by forcing the largest accumulation of product north into the center of the lower bay, and then southeast into open waters.

Lesson learned
Dispersants were available locally, but there were no aircraft rigged for dispersants in the local area. Consideration of dispersant use must be addressed very early in a spill to allow for equipment mobilization and stakeholder consideration.




 
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