CG Monitoring Oil Spill Off Savannah Coast

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Mary Strauss

The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor an oil spill approximately nine miles offshore of Savannah after a tank ship damaged its double-hulled fuel tank during the deployment of the ship's anchor Sept. 27.

The Singapore-based tank ship, Stolt Vision, reportedly sustained a rupture to the starboard fuel tank located beneath the water surface while lowering its anchor at approximately 5:50 p.m. Sept. 27

A first light over flight conducted by an Air Station Savannah HH-65 helicopter crew confirmed that the oil sheen has dissipated. Air crews covered approximately 100 square miles.

The chief engineer aboard the Stolt Vision confirmed 97 gallons of oil was unaccounted for at the completion of tank transfer and soundings.

A trajectory report conducted by NOAA at approximately 1:46 a.m. Sept. 28 concluded there is no projected shoreline impact.

The Coast Guard is working with the ship’s class surveyor to access the hull damage and develop a salvage plan to verify the ship’s seaworthiness.

There is no hazard to navigation or closure to the Port of Savannah.

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