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BREAKING NEWS – Fuel Cleanup Operations Complete-6-15-2006

By Jack Fichter

COLD SPRING – Active cleanup operations for a fuel spill in Cape May, have been completed. The Coast Guard, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the county Health Department responded to a fuel spill in Cape May late last June 13.
At 9:30 p.m. the Coast Guard was notified that the Stemac, a 91-foot motor yacht from Key Largo, Fla., had discharged fuel overboard at the South Jersey Marina.
An estimated 600 gallons of fuel was displaced out of the vessel’s fuel tank. The cause of the spill is currently under investigation by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard along with Northstar Marine, who was contracted by the owner of the Stemac for recovery and clean up of the spill, rapidly deployed 1,500 feet of containment boom in Schellenger Landing and the Cape May Canal to help stop the spill from spreading.
Vessel traffic was restricted last night from moving in or out of the marina. Vessel traffic restrictions were lifted by daybreak. There have been no reports of oiled wildlife or other environmental damage from this spill.
Crews from Northstar Marine used absorbent padding to soak up fuel from the surface of the water in the marina where the fuel collected in pockets and to wipe down any other contaminated vessels.
In addition to the Coast Guard, the DEP and the county Health Department, the Cape May Fire Department, the Town Bank Fire Department, the Erma Fire Department, the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Fire Department.

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