Buckeye Terminal’s Dock Opens for Fuel Transfers after Spill
One of the docks at Buckeye Terminal is now able to resume petroleum operations as clean up following a diesel fuel oil spill at the terminal continues.
Additionally, numerous vessels, as well as a second fuel facility on the Arthur Kill, have been decontaminated and have also resumed operations, the U.S. Cost Guard informed.
The spill, which occurred in the night of September 6, affected all fuel transfers at the terminal. The marine transportation system in the Port of New York and New Jersey was also affected as the spill contaminated areas of the the Arthur Kill waterway, creating a domino effect leading to multiple vessels being diverted and two facilities impacted.
Although the Arthur Kill Waterway is not closed, Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) measures are in place, and any vessel that transits the waterway in the area is to go through with no wake.
Multiple oil spill removal organizations have been contracted to clean up the oil, which includes placing boom around the affected facilities and sensitive areas, as well as deploying skimming vessels to recover product in the water.
As of Sunday afternoon, an estimated 50,000 gallons of oily product has been recovered during clean-up operations.