Coast Guard Investigating Cause of Monday’s 710-Gallon Oil Spill
2011-02-24 · By Editor
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach and California Fish and Game personnel are investigating the cause of an unintentional discharge of 710 gallons of diesel fuel oil that happened on Monday at approximately 7:30 p.m. The fuel was leaked from the Motor Tanker Aljalaa, during an internal transfer of diesel at Tesoro’s Terminal at Berth 84A in the Port of Long Beach,
The USCG, DFG, and the vessel’s emergency response management company, O’Brien’s Response Management, immediately established a Unified Command at the Tesoro Long Beach Terminal to provide an aggressive and timely response to the incident and to answer any media and general public calls.
Several oil spill response organizations responded to contain and to recover discharged product, and to minimize environmental impacts. Responders deployed 5,000 feet of containment boom around the affected areas of the wharf to isolate and control the product. The Unified Command continues to ensure that all necessary resources are available to clean up the spill as quickly as possible.
The Unified Command’s primary concern is for the safety of the public with a focus on minimizing impact to the environment. At this time no injuries or wildlife impact have been reported. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife should report it to (877) 823-6926.
According to the Press-Telegram, this isn’t the first time the Al Jalaa has been involved in a potentially dangerous incident since Libya’s state-owned General Maritime Transport Co. bought the vessel from a Japanese firm in 2009. In November, the enormous tanker sideswiped one of the world’s largest container ships, though no injuries or spills were reported in that incident.