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Containership Leaking Lubricant in Alaska

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 8, 2022

The Anchorage, Alaska skyline (Photo: Rachel Napolitan / U.S. Army)

The Anchorage, Alaska skyline (Photo: Rachel Napolitan / U.S. Army)

A U.S.-registered containership is reportedly leaking lubricant into the water near Anchorage, Alaska.

On Thursday evening, personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center received a notification that the 645-foot Maunalei was leaking lubricant while transiting to the Port of Alaska.  

The vessel, owned by Matson, Inc., was said to be discharging a biodegradable, environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) at a rate of approximately six gallons per hour. Given the low toxicity of the lubricant, the strong tidal currents and the slow release rate, threats to the wildlife and resources in the region are anticipated to be minimal, the Coast Guard said.

"The vessel contains perishable cargo and other supplies for distribution throughout Alaska," said Capt. Leanne Lusk, the Captain of the Port of Anchorage. "After coordinating with federal, state and local stakeholders and balancing the risk to the supply chain with the risk to the environment, I have authorized the vessel to continue its transit into Anchorage."

Following the offload of cargo, Matson employees have arranged for the vessel to transit to dry dock in the lower 48 to begin repairs.

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