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Oil spill near Bayou Teche
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, New Orleans, USA
The Coast Guard, state and local agencies are responding to an oil spill near Bayou Teche,  Monday evening (28 March).Watchstanders with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City received call, around 8 p.m., from PSC Industrial Outsourcing reporting an unknown amount of crude oil spilled into Bayou Teche. The reporting source stated a tank was being filled with crude oil when the incident occurred.The source of the spill was secured and response crews deployed more than 200 yards of boom…

…The Bayou Teche will be closed to all commercial vessel traffic on the Bayou Teche between Jeanerette and Charenton until further notice due to oil spill cleanup operations.  No vessel traffic will be allowed to transit the area until further notice. For any questions or concerns contact Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay at 985-380-5374.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland News Release dated 28 March 2016

Coast Guard to temporarily move navigation aids
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Honolulu, USA
The Coast Guard began temporarily moving aids to navigation in Hilo Harbor, Hawai’i,  Sunday (27 March), to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with planned dredging operations.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Essayons will conduct maintenance dredging in March and April starting in Nawiliwili last week,  and then at Kalaeloa (Barbers Point), Hilo, Kahului, and Honolulu harbors. Mariners should NOT rely on the aids to navigation that are relocated.Mariners entering or departing Hilo Harbor during this time period are encouraged to contact the Essayons to determine the location of dredging operations and coordinate passing arrangements. Mariners should transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake when in the vicinity of the dredge and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

All waterway users should transit with caution when in the vicinity of the dredging vessel and operate at a safe speed when the potential for hazards such as dredging components are present. During operations near Barbers Point no aids will need to be moved but mariners should exercise caution around dredging operations.

The following buoys will be temporarily relocated starting March 27, 2016 through April 11, 2016. These dates may vary due to unforeseen on-site conditions, weather and other factors.

Hilo Harbor Buoy 6 (LLNR 28080) relocated in approximate position 19-43-51.80N/ 155- 03-51.00W in 12ft of water.

Hilo Harbor Buoy 7 (LLNR 28085) relocated in approximate position 19-44-06.62N/ 155- 03-40.04W in 12ft of water.

Hilo Harbor Lighted Buoy 9 (LLNR 28105) relocated in approximate position 19-44- 05.10N/ 155-03-28.00W in 12ft of water.

Hilo Harbor Lighted Buoy 10 (LLNR 28110) relocated in approximate position 19-43- 44.95N/ 155-03-29.77W in 10ft of water.

Again, the relocated buoys may be in shoal water and should NOT be used for navigation.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Heartland News Release dated 28 March 2016

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