Action Eliminates Threat of Spill

Monday, December 10, 2007
NRC Contractors, Adam Wilkison, Collin Potts and Ron Broadway, put up a barrier of think plastic to prevent fuel from escaping the containment area around a damaged tank at the BP Harbor Island Seattle Terminal Dec. 6. The Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and BP worked with NRC contractors to keep any of the fuel from entering Puget Sound. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert)

NRC contractors meet to discuss their plans to keep diesel fuel from escaping a damaged tank and entering into Puget Sound at the BP Harbor Island Seattle Terminal Dec. 6. The container leaked one gallon of fuel into a containment area after damage to its roof was found Dec. 5. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert) An oil storage tank containing 4354 barrels (approximately 182,000 gallons) of diesel fuel leaked approximately one gallon of diesel into the tank's secondary containment Wednesday. The report originally estimated 4500 barrels, but was revised down upon completion of the transfer. The container reportedly leaked the fuel after damage to its floating roof caused an access ladder to become twisted and partially pulled into the tank. The British Petroleum (BP) facility is located on Harbor Island. The Coast Guard and Department of Ecology responded immediately to ensure that appropriate mitigation and response measures were taken to minimize the threat of environmental damage. BP hired contractors to pump all of the fuel from the faulty tank. The 4354 barrels of fuel were completely removed from the tank.

The tank is surrounded by a secondary containment wall, which is designed to contain the oil should it be released from the tank. The containment wall is located on the facility approximately 200 yards from the edge of the Duwamish River. In addition, protective plastic sheeting was placed around the containment area to prevent the fuel from leaking through the facility pier and into the water. While the chances of oil reaching the waterway were unlikely, BP Arco employed three oil spill response organizations to blank off storm drains, pre-position oil booms and other equipment on the water for contingency response.

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century.

Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

Statoil announced today that it has been awarded interest in the COL4 license offshore Colombia in the Caribbean Sea in the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round, along with Respol and ExxonMobil.

SHIPPINGInsight 2014 Agenda Announced

Annual Conference, Exhibition and Networking Event Brings Together Shipowners and Technology Companies to Address Practical Solutions for Efficient Operations The

Coast Guard

USCG to Assist Jamaica with MRO

Jamaica’s readiness for Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) in its maritime space will be boosted July 22-24, 2014 with the assistance of a subject matter expert from the U.

USCG Rescues Woman from Detroit River

The Coast Guard rescued a 30-year-old woman from the Detroit River late Sunday evening after she was reported to have fallen overboard when the vessel she was on was struck by another boat's wake.

Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1186 sec (8 req/sec)