SPAR leaks hydraulic oil into Womens Bay

The seagoing buoy tender USCGC SPAR lies moored at Coast Guard Base Kodiak in Womens Bay, Kodiak, on March 24, 2018.

The Coast Guard has collected 500 gallons of oily water mixture from Womens Bay after Coast Guard Cutter SPAR leaked hydraulic oil into the water on Saturday morning. 

Cleanup efforts are still underway, and authorities don’t know the exact amount of oil that leaked from the cutter. However, the cutter’s leaky tank oil has a capacity of 914 gallons. 

On Monday morning, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel reported that approximately 500 gallons of oily water mixture was recovered. Workers estimated about 120 gallons of that oily water mixture to be hydraulic oil.

The Marine Safety Detachment is overseeing the cleanup, which was contracted to Choctaw Defense Services. Those responding deployed boom systems, absorbent pads and a skimmer that is pumping to a vacuum truck, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. The release also said that the “source of the discharge has been secured.” 

It’s not clear yet what caused the leak, but it is under investigation. Environmental impacts are still being assessed too, Public Affairs Officer Janessa Warschkow said on Monday. 

“Our primary focus is on mitigating potential impacts to the environment,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Thorne, a pollution responder from MSD Kodiak, said in the press release. 

The spill was first reported when watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Anchorage command center received notification from the National Response Center at 9:40 a.m. that the crew of the cutter SPAR reported a hydraulic oil discharge.

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