GLDD Dredger Strikes Pipeline in Louisiana

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report yesterday that approximately 5,300 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline after it was struck by a Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company’s dredger.

The vessel was conducting dredging operations near Bay Long, Louisiana.

The pipeline – owned by Harvest Pipeline Company – is reported as secured, according to the Coast Guard’s latest announcement.

ECM Maritime Services, an oil spill response organization, has been contracted Great Lakes Dredge and Dock company to manage clean-up operations. Environmental Safety & Health has deployed approximately 3,000 feet of hard-boom.

OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean Gulf Association are using sorbent material and skimmers to collect the oil.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrews have also conducted aerial assessments of the site and surrounding areas.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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