USCG: No Leaks As “Big Blue” Fuel Recovery Continues

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Guam – The U.S. Coast Guard reports that as of  Friday afternoon, the largest diesel fuel tank aboard the half sunk dry dock known as “Big Blue” had been emptied of all diesel fuel, without any leakage.

In a release the USCG reports that Guam Shipyard workers successfully transferred approximately 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel onto the tug  “Marianas Voyager” and the work was completed ahead of schedule.

The diseal fuel tank held the largest quantity of known fuel aboard Big Blue. The Coast Guard says that Guam Shipyard is now moving forward with plans to remove the oily waste water from the machinery area which is still submerged.

The release states that Guam Shipyard Friday bought 5 new pumps in order to increase their ability to remove more water from the dry dock.

The USCG release is printed in its entirety below:

As of Friday afternoon Guam Shipyard successfully transferred approximately 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel onto the tug Marianas Voyager, emptying the diesel fuel tank aboard Big Blue ahead of schedule. To date this tank is the largest known quantity of fuel aboard Big Blue.

With the diesel fuel removed from Big Blue, Guam Shipyard is now moving forward with plans to remove oily waste water from the machinery space that is still submerged. Guam Shipyard has purchased five new pumps today in a determined effort to increase their ability to remove more water from the drydock. The Coast Guard and Guam Shipyard continue to work closely on recovery efforts ensuring safety for all involved remains the number one priority.  

The Pacific Strike Team, a Coast Guard group of highly trained members who specialize in incident management and rapid response to these types of events, continues to assist Coast Guard Sector Guam and Guam Shipyard with the safe removal of the remaining oily water and waste products. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) was also on scene today to take aerial photos of Big Blue and the surrounding area. No signs of oil in the water or hazards to navigation have been reported at this time.

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.