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SHIP NAME: Genmar Progress KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source Genmar 2009 1st Qtr report
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On or about August 29, 2007, an oil sheen was discovered by shipboard personnel on the Genmar Progress in Guayanilla Bay, Puerto Rico in the vicinity of the vessel. The vessel crew took prompt action pusuant to the vessel response plan. The Company's subsidiary which operates the vessel promptly reported this incident to the USCG and has subsequently accepted responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the accidental discharge of bunker fuel from the vessel.


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Press Release Date: Sept. 30, 2007 Contact: Coast Guard Public Affairs (787) 510-7923 Oil Spill Cleanup, Investigation Continue SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration continue cleaning impacted areas Sunday from an Aug. 30 oil spill. Although the investigation is not complete the Coast Guard, working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, identified several possible sources of the spill including ships in the area at that time.

One of those ships is the General Maritime-owned Genmar Progress. The Coast Guard boarded the Genmar Progress in Port Arthur, Texas, Wednesday and with the assistance of the ship's crew, concluded the Genmar Progress may have been the source of the spill.

"General Maritime Management is committed to environmental stewardship and continues to cooperate fully and completely with the U.S. Coast Guard in this investigation," said Darrell Wilson, a spokesperson for the company.

General Maritime has dispatched its QI team to Puerto Rico to participate in the cleanup effort.

"It is good to have a ship owner recognize that they may be the source of the spilled oil, and then assist in the response and cooperate in the investigation," said Captain Ray Perry, deputy commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan. "However our investigation into this incident continues. The spill remains a mystery until we are confident that we know the origin of all of the oil we are cleaning up. We are going to be thorough in our investigation."


source OTTO, 2007-10
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In late August, General Maritime's 1991 built 96,800 dwt tanker Genmar Progress spilt 10,000 gallons of oil along Puerto Rico's sensitive SW coatline. The USCG estimate the cost of clean up at close to USD 6 million, although it is usual for companies to be penalized up to three times the cost of the cleanup. However, in General Maritime's favour they cooperated in the cleanup operation even sending reinforcements to help in the cleanup, and futhermore identified their vessel as the source of the spill when it was first reported.


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At the same time, separately oil was reported coming ashore along the coast to the west of Guayanilla. The oiling extended past Punta Brea, 12 miles west of Guayanilla. One environmental source says: The Coast Guard boarded the Genmar Progress in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept 26, and with the assistance of the ship's crew, concluded the Genmar Progress may have been the source of that spill.

Strangely what the USCG learned on September 26 has not been made public: but it is very likely that the Genmar Progress was the source of the spill. Probably some sort of hull crack/leak.