CITGO Cooperates with Coast Guard, Vessel Owner’s Agent on Salvage Plan
Nov 29, 2004
HOUSTON, Nov. 28 --- CITGO Asphalt Refining Company (CARCO), a subsidiary of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the owner’s agent of the vessel Athos I to develop and implement a salvage plan that will have minimal environmental impact, recover the vessel’s cargo and allow the Delaware River to be reopened to traffic.
“We continue to support the Unified Incident Command,” said Luís Marín, CITGO Petroleum Corporation President and CEO. “We constantly train for incidents like these and we are aware of the importance of the Delaware River to the environment and economy of the region. We are encouraging our employees to volunteer their time to assist with environmental clean-up efforts.”
The ship was carrying crude oil to the company’s Paulsboro Refinery and is currently anchored in the Delaware River. The cause and amount of the discharge is unknown at this time.
Upon learning of the incident, CARCO contacted its response contractors and joined with Coast Guard personnel from the Marine Safety Office – Group Philadelphia, as well as personnel and resources from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, New Jersey State Police and representatives from the ship’s owner to ensure the clean up of the spill as well as minimize environmental impact.
Coast Guard officials and spill response contractors have been on scene since Friday evening. Contracted for clean-up operations are the O’Brien Group, Miller Environment, Delaware River and Bay Co-Op and Clean Ventures. There are approximately 300 people and 10 skimming boats currently involved in clean-up operations.
The Coast Guard unified incident command and information center which has been located at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Philadelphia, will move tomorrow to a new location . The contact is Lt. Buddy Dye. Telephone 757-636-1917.
CITGO Asphalt Refining Company (CARCO), headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Penn., is a subsidiary of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. CARCO is the largest asphalt refining and marketing company on the East Coast. It currently owns and operates two specialized asphalt refineries, one in Paulsboro, N.J. with a capacity of 84,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), and one in Savannah, Ga., with a capacity of 28,000 bpd.
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