Savannah River Reopens

Savannah River Reopens

After being closed for more than 24 hours due to a diesel fuel spill, the Savannah River was reopened Monday afternoon. U.S Coast Guard Cmdr. and Captain of the Port Lonnie Harrison required shipping traffic to maintain minimum safe speeds from Elba Island to Ocean Terminal as clean up of the approximately 7,000 gallons of spilled diesel continued.

The spill happened Sunday morning when the outbound American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier vessel Liberty suffered a hull puncture that ruptured a starboard fuel tank, according to local news sources.

Skimmers, 2,200 feet of absorbent boom and another 5,000 feet of boom are being used to contain the spill, according to Coast Guard spokespeople. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.

Contact Janet Nodar at jcnodar@bellsouth.net.