itCG-tank ships keep Guardians busy, radiological detection exercise, CGC Tahoma returns to port

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  • Between the tank ship and barge collision in the Houston Ship Channel, a grounded tank ship at the mouth of the Lower Mississippi River and a tank ship that punctured one of its fuel tanks off the coast of Savannah, tank ships across the South have kept Guardians busy for the past few days. The tank ship that grounded yesterday morning has restricted river traffic while tug boats work to remove oil and lighten the vessel. Although the vessel is loaded with about 602,000 gallons of oil, there is no report of pollution. Click here to see a picture of the grounded tanker.
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  • The 97 gallons of oil that spilled into the water Sunday night when the tank ship punctured one of its fuel tanks while anchoring off the coast of Savannah, Georgia appears to have dissipated and does not pose a threat to coastal areas. The remaining fuel in the ship has been moved to other fuel tanks and the damage to the ship will be evaluated. Click here to see a picture of the tanker with its oil moved aft to keep the bow out of the water.
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  • Hmmm, what do you think about a boat being used as a bomb? Not good. This is what more than 300 people from 20 different agencies including the Coast Guard used as a scenario during a full-scale exercise last Wednesday. The interagency drill tested the use of radiological detection equipment in the waters near Puget Sound, Washington. The agencies used hand-held and boat-mounted equipment to scan vessels for radioactive and nuclear materials.
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  • Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returns to homeport at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard today after a 60-day Caribbean patrol. While on patrol, the cutter and crew conducted joint law enforcement operation with Haitian Coast Guard as well as safely repatriated multiple sets of illegal immigrants to their native countries.
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