Vessel operator fined in Lamberts Point oil spill

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Cleanup was finished Sunday after a bulk carrier spilled fuel into the Elizabeth River while refueling.

Order Shipping Company, Ltd. was fined $2,500 with a notice of violation. Lt. Scott Williams with the Coast Guard told WAVY.com.

Fuel spill in the Elizabeth River on June 13, 2014. (ReportIt)
Fuel spill in the Elizabeth River on June 13, 2014. (ReportIt)

Brandyn Hill with the Coast Guard said the 740-foot Ostria S was refueling at the Norfolk Southern Coal Pier at Lambert’s Point. While it was refueling, some of the fuel spilled and overflowed from the tanks onto the ship’s deck, and then from the deck into the water.

It happened around 3:20 p.m. Friday. On Saturday afternoon, the oil response team could be seen spreading out boom and working in the water around the Ostria S.

Hill said they do not know how much fuel leaked into the water. There is a pollution response team monitoring the situation to make sure it is cleaned to Coast Guard standards. Hill told WAVY News the ship contracts out a company, named O’Briens, to clean up spills.

A 4,000 foot boom was put in place around the ship to contain the spill. Hill said that boom is successfully containing the oil slick to the area around the ship. He said absorbent pads are placed on top of the water to then pull up the oil.

“They placed these pads down and it absorbs the product,” said Hill. “And they can pull those out and that can actually remove some of the fuel, or oil that’s in the water.”

The booms were removed when crews finished the cleanup by 9 a.m. Sunday.

About 200 gallons of oil spilled into the water and does not include what was spilled on deck.

The cause is still under investigation.

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