Clean Up Work Continues After Tugboat Runs Aground And Spills Oil Into Buzzards Bay
By: Enterprise Staff
Cleanup work continues in Buzzards Bay after a tugboat grounded off Stony Point Dyke in Wareham just after midnight Thursday and spilled approximately 330 gallons of gear oil into the water.
The Coast Guard along with state and local authorities have set up a command center at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay to coordinate cleanup and salvage work.
Officials said that no fuel oil from the tug Justice leaked into Buzzards Bay but that about 330 gallons of gear oil from the boat's propulsion drive discharged into the water after the grounding.
Drug and alcohol testing was administered to the tug's crew; results of the tests are not yet available.
In total, the tug Justice can hold up to 38,000 gallons of fuel oil and approximately 630 gallons of gear oil.
Coast Guard, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and representatives of Wareham and Bourne are working together to cleanup the spill and removed the tugboat.
The tug Justice is owned by Reinauer Transportation Companies LLC from Staten Island, New York. The owner has reported that the damaged engine unit has been located and a recovery effort is ongoing to remove it from the waterway.
The Army Corps of Engineers have reopened the Cape Cod Canal, which was closed for several hours early Thursday morning.
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