Navy Cleans Up 250 Gallons of Heavy Fuel Spilled From Pre-Po Ship in Apra Harbor Sunday


Apra Harbor, Guam – (Feb. 25) – Military personnel and contractors recovered approximately 250 gallons of intermediate fuel oil, commonly referred to as IFO-180, that were inadvertently discharged from “USNS TSgt John A. Chapman” (T-AK 323) into Apra Harbor while moored at Kilo Wharf  Sunday,  Feb. 23.

The “Chapman” is a Buffalo Soldier-class container ship which is part of the Military Sealift Command’s seventeen container and roll-on/roll-off ships.  It is one of  the 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program.

Responders from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, U.S. Naval Base Guam port operations and DZSP 21 LLC, which is the Navy’s base operations support contractor, responded immediately to assess the situation and begin recovery efforts. The cleanup was completed the same day.

This incident is unrelated to the Daiki Maru, which is the Japanese commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor Feb. 13.  

is a Buffalo Soldier-class container ship. She is one of Military Sealift Command‘s seventeen container and roll-on/roll-off ships and is part of the 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program.