It was announced by the U.S. Coast Guard that the cutter Mackinaw discharged diesel fuel in the Detroit River in the vicinity of the Ambassador Bridge. The spillage was immediately secured by the crew members. People on board quickly conducted clean-up operations. It is important that the crew used a boom around the diesel fuel to prevent more damage to the environment.
Coast Guard Sector Detroit pollution responders concluded that around 200-300 gallons were spilled. An oil spill removal company has been contacted by the Coast Guard to clean up the mess. For the cleaning process were ordered various equipment like a vacuum truck and additional boom.
Information for the cause of the incident is not available for the moment. An investigation will probably define what caused the diesel fuel spillage. The USCG Cutter Mackinaw was able to continue to a location where the ship was needed for an ice-breaking operation.
Capt. Eric Johnson, chief of the Coast Guard 9th District Incident Management Branch said:
"We take our role as environmental stewards seriously, and any accidental discharge of fuel is regrettable. We are already at work mitigating any potential impacts and have begun our investigation of the actions that lead to the discharge so we can identify ways to prevent it from reoccurring."