NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A barge with a leaking cargoÂ tank spilled fuel oil into a New York City waterway on Saturday,Â officials said.
The barge was carrying 112,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil,Â but it was unclear how much oil spilled into the water, the U.S.Â Coast Guard said in a statement.
The spill came from a Boston Marine Transport Inc barge dueÂ to a leak from its cargo tank, it said.
The leak occurred at Mays Ship Repair near Mariner’s HarborÂ in the city’s Staten Island borough, the Coast Guard said. ItÂ was first reported shortly after 11 p.m. local time (0400 GMT)Â on Friday, the Coast Guard said.
Boston Marine Transport said fuel was being transferred fromÂ one barge to another when oil could be seen seeping into theÂ water between them, the Coast Guard said. The first barge hadÂ the leak, it said.
Boston Marine Transport workers put a containment boomÂ around the two barges, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the fuel was leaking into Kill VanÂ Kull, a waterway between Staten Island and New Jersey thatÂ connects to New York Bay and the Hudson River.
The New York State Department of Environmental ConservationÂ and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection wereÂ responding to help contain the spill, the Coast Guard said.
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