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Coast Guard responds damaged vessel, oil sheen

Sandusky Register Staff • Dec 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

According to the Coast Guard, the Canadian-flagged vessel CSL Tadoussac punctured its starboard stern bunker tank when it backed into the pier of the Torco dock at the CSX facility just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The vessel was carrying about 27,000 tons of iron ore.

Crewmembers aboard the CSL Tadoussac immediately started pumping fuel out of the punctured tank into another of the ships tanks to bring fuel levels below the puncture mark. The fuel leak was stopped at about 10:15 a.m. It's not clear how much fuel leaked at this point.

At about 8:24 a.m. the master of the ship notified the Coast Guard Sector Detroit and the National Response Center about the situation.

There were no reported injuries and the dock only sustained minor damage.

About 800 feet of oil containment boom was stretched across the Torco dock slip has contained the oil sheen. The O'Brien's Response Management Inc. has been contracted to clean up the spill and is on the scene assisted by local responders.

"The Coast Guard is working with O'Brien's Response Management Inc. and our local response partners to mitigate any potential environmental damage to the Maumee River," said Lt. John Adkins, executive officer of Marine Safety Unit Toledo.

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