“Big Blue” Update: 108-Gallons of Oily Wastewater Pumped Out of Downed Dry Dock

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Guam – The USCG reports that as of Sunday evening, Guam Shipyard had successfully pumped out 108-thousand gallons of oily waste from the partially sunk dry dock known as “Big Blue.”

The oily waste water is being pumped out of the dry dock’s starboard machinery room onto the tug Marianas Voyager.  The oily waste water must be pumped out first before work crews can gain access to the lube oil and sludge oil tanks.

There have been no reported leaks of waste oil or fuel products into Apra Harbor and the USCG release states that every precaution has been taken to ensure oily water remains contained to protect the environment.

The USCG release is reprinted below:

Guam Shipyard: pumping CONTINUES throughout weekend

APRA HARBOR, Guam – Guam Shipyard on Sunday continued pumping wastewater around the clock from “Big Blue’s” machinery room onto the tug Marianas Voyager.  Approximately 108,000 gallons of oil and oily wastewater had been offloaded to the tug by Sunday.

Every precaution has been taken to ensure oily water remains contained to protect the environment.

Coast Guard Sector Guam and the Pacific Strike Team continued to monitor the dewatering and recovery efforts at Guam Shipyard this weekend. A marine surveyor from Hawaii that was requested by Guam Shipyard is also on scene now to assist with future salvaging plans and the safe raising of the drydock once the response shifts from pollution mitigation to salvage.

U. S. Coast Guard Sector Guam continues to urge all commercial and recreational boating traffic to remain vigilant while transiting near “Big Blue.” To report any debris or signs of oil in the water call the Sector Guam Command Center at 671-564-USCG.