Oil spill from U.S. Navy Ship USNS Fisher contained

By Vessels

Oil spill from the U.S. Navy ship USNS Fisher has been contained. A U.S. Coast Guard pollution response team managed to prevent leaking oil in the water (the ship was dry docked at the Boston Ship Repair facility).

According to calculations, 11,000 gallons were spilled which are self-contained in dry dock. There is no threat of pollution at this moment. The response team includes: Coast Guard Sector Boston facility and pollution, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Boston Fire Department.

In effort to stop the oil spill, a 600 feet of double boom were used to cut of the oil entering the water. Six commercial vacuum trucks were also used to clean up the spill. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeanette Wheatley, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Boston announced:

"This is a classic example of how partnerships and consistent training help us respond quickly to pollution incidents,"
"Our goal now is to continue to mitigate the impact to the environment and port, and to monitor air quality levels in the surrounding area."

There are reported at least 250 cases of pollution in an average year in the northeastern U.S.