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|NRC Case #:||016-97|
|INSUM #:||Two and Final|
|Occurence Date:||15 May, 1997|
|Source:||Tank Barge RTC 320|
|Material:||Oil, Fuel: No. 2|
|Quantity Discharged:||46,820 Gallons|
|Quantity in Water:||46,820 Gallons|
|Body of Water Affected:||Arthur Kill|
|Federal On-Scene Coordinator:||Captain of the Port, New York|
SITUATION: On Thursday 15 May, 1997, a medium No. 2 fuel oil spill occurred at the GATX Carteret Terminal, in Carteret, NJ when the Tank Barge RTC 320 was overfilled due to a crewman falling asleep during a transfer evolution. The barge was pre-boomed prior to transfer and the majority of the spilled product was contained. Two contractors are on scene performing cleanup. After decanting 46,000 gallons of an oil/water mix, it is estimated that 32,000 gallons of product collected to date. Shoreline surveys report New Jersey side of the Arthur Kill is clean and the New York side has small areas of product still being removed. Both barges tied to the dock will be moved so that the dock may be used for awaiting vessels. Activities New York will continue to monitor cleanup efforts. CASE CLOSED THIS UNIT .