[First District Spill
Information] [Past Spills in the US] [Sources
of Spill Data]
spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
Spill Data Records:
The Coast Guard collects information about
oil and hazardous substance spills in connection with our mission of
environmental protection and specific role of Federal On-Scene
Coordinator within the coastal zone.
Data on marine casualties extracted from
the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Information System is available from the
National Technical Information Service on CD ROM. This data is updated
quarterly. To order this CD ROM, contact:
National Technical Information
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
Numbers of First District spills are
generally declining, with approximately 1500 spills reported per year of
which about 800 are verifiable as pollution. Some spills are documented
on the Internet, either by the Coast Guard or by other sources (often
media outlets); an informal compendium of such
online information regarding spills in the First District is also
MSIS and pollution data are not directly
available online. Portions of this detailed data are publicly available
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA requests for spill
data should be handled as described below in the spill
information for the United States section.
Information and Comprehensive Spill Information Requests:
NOAA Response Reports & case histories Here are reports
describing oil and chemical spill responses in which NOAA OR&R
participated. They contain incident summaries, descriptions of the
behavior of spilled material, discussions of countermeasures and
mitigation measures applied, and descriptions of special issues
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should be used to access
official spill data contained in our databases; this link describes
FOIA and the Coast Guard contacts and procedures.
The National Response Center (800-424-8802) is the one-call
"911" for spill response nationwide. NRC spill data is available
in a web-searchable or downloadable form. FOIA procedures are
described here as well. The NRC records tend to be less
comprehensive, especially for smaller and/or unverifiable spills.
A Compendium of Spills in and around U.S. Waters, 1969-1997 is
available from the Coast Guard Marine Safety and Environmental
Historical Spills Database (1967-1991), and significant spill
reports by year for 1992-1996 are available from NOAA Hazmat.
Port State Information Exchange (PSIX) provides freedom of
information act data regarding vessels, including pollution
incidents. Searches may be performed by Vessel Name, Id Number, Call
Sign, Flag, Service, or Build Year. PSIX draws from the Marine
Safety Information System (MSIS).
Past Spills with Information Online: [Back to top]
Several First District spills below have
information on the Internet, and links are provided only for your
convenience and information - this is not a comprehensive list of
spills that First District On-Scene Coordinators have responded to, nor
are entries based on spill size. Because many of these links are
external, please read this disclaimer, and be aware
that you will need to use the back button on your browser to return
- Rio Puelo
"Potential biological hazards" are investigated 29 July through 18
August by the Coast Guard in conjunction with the NJ DEP, U.S. EPA,
USDA, FBI, and other various NJ state and federal agencies.
District 5 Athos Spill
Bouchard No. 120
On April 27, the Tank Barge Bouchard No. 120 ran aground and
spilled thousands of gallons of Number 6 fuel oil in Buzzards Bay.
Buzzards Bay Project National Estuary Program.
World Trade Center
After terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on
September 11, 2001, EPA, USCG & NST teams were on the scene within
hours. The mission of EPA's Emergency Response Program is to protect
the public and the environment from immediate threats posed by the
release or discharge of hazardous substances and oil. Emergency
response personnel are monitoring potential air quality issues;
analyzing samples for asbestos and other hazardous materials and oil
sampling; and disposing of biomedical waste.
- T/V Penn 460 spills approximately
14,000 of #6 fuel oil into Narragansett Bay after a cargo tank is
punctured by the stern of the tug Penn No. 6. MSO Prov
T/V Posavina spills 59,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil into the
Chelsea River after a fuel tank is punctured by the tug Alex C. CG
Quincy Shipyard hazardous materials are investigated on 25 May
by Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Boston in conjunction with
Massachusetts DEP, U.S. EPA, and MARAD. CG Press Release.
Tank Barge Florida grounded in the Cape Cod Canal after an
incident involving another vessel and a possible loss of steering. A
small amount of #6 fuel oil spilled from a crack in the hull of the
- Tank Barge Noelle Cutler spilled
approximately 200 gallons of gasoline in New Haven, CT harbor on
February 10, 1999.
- Tank Barge Ocean States grounded and spilled an undetermined amount of
gasoline, East River, New York, September 5, 1998.
- Fishing Vessel Georges Bank leaked diesel fuel from cross-over valve, New
Bedford, Massachusetts, April 24, 1998.
- About 100 gallons of #2 oil seeped from saturated ground into Woodbridge Creek, Perth
Amboy, New Jersey, April 21, 1998.
- Tank Barge RTC-503 leaked #2 fuel oil during transfer; 755 gallons were
recovered, Portland Harbor, Maine, February 4, 1998. Marine Safety Office Portland
Terminal storage tank leaked #6 oil into tank containment berm,
Chelsea, Massachusetts, May 17, 1997. Coast Guard Press Release.
Tank Barge RTC 320 spilled 46,800 gallons of #2 oil into the
Arthur Kill between New Jersey and Staten Island, NY when the tanks
were overfilled during a transfer, May 15, 1997. National Response
Center Incident Summary.
- Tank Vessel Julie N hits bridge, spilling 179,000 gallons of #2 and IFO 380 oil,
Portland Harbor, Maine, September 27, 1996.
Maine Department of Environmental Conservation Photo Gallery, National
Transportation Safety Board Report.
Tank Vessel Provence
spilled 1,000 gallons of heavy #6 oil after mooring lines part
during transfer, Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
July 1, 1996.
- Tank Barge North Cape spilled
828,000 gallons of #2 oil after fire disables tug during storm,
South Kingstown, Rhode Island, January 19, 1996. Coast
Guard's Incident Specific Preparedness Review of the response, Coast Guard
Investigation Report (1.6 MB pdf file),
Rhode Island Sea
Grant spill pages,
National Transportation Safety Board Report
Exxon Bayway Refinery spilled 567,000 gallons of #2 oil into the
Arthur Kill between New Jersey and Staten Island, NY after a
pipeline ruptured, January 1-2, 1990. Trustees Restoration Plan and
Tank Vessel World Prodigy spilled 290,000 gallons of #2 oil
after grounding on Brenton Reef, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island,
June 23, 1989. NOAA Trustee Restoration Plan and Spill Summary.
Tank Vessel Argo Merchant spilled 7.7 million gallons of #6 oil
after grounding on Nantucket Shoals off the coast of Massachusetts,
December 15, 1976. Photographs hosted by NOAA.
Container Vessel Sea Witch collided with the Tank Ship SS Esso
Brussels in New York Harbor (now within the First District zone,
but was not at that time) on June 2, 1973, igniting 1.3 million
gallons of oil contained in three damaged tanks, ultimately
resulting in the deaths of sixteen people aboard the two vessels.
U.S. Coast Guard/NTSB Marine Board of Investigation Report.
Tank Barge Ocean 80 is overfilled on October 25, 1972 (1.1 MB pdf
file) during gasoline and diesel loading operation at terminal
in Cartaret, NJ, and is destroyed following several explosions and a
fire. Terminal and nearby facilities sustained damage. U.S. Coast
Guard/NTSB Marine Board of Investigation Report.