USCG Evaluating Oil Removal Ops on Tanker Sunk by German U-Boat

Image courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

A tanker sunk by a German U-boat in January 1942 is now leaking oil and the U.S. Coast Guard is evaluating potential oil removal operations as it fears leaks from the ship could pose a risk to the environment.

The service announced last month that it had contracted Resolve Marine Group to conduct a full assessment of oil remaining on the Coimbra wreck, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y.

If substantial oil still remains, and if feasible, the Coast Guard will work with Resolve Marine Group to remove oil from the wreck in order to reduce pollution risks to the environment, the Coast Guard said.

The operation is taking place from April 28 to May 30. The initial evaluation will assess the condition of the tanker and what potential environmental impact still exists. Based on the assessment, possible oil removal operations will take place.

“This assessment will help determine, and possibly remove any potential environmental threat the tanker poses. Our top priorities are safety of the public and protection of the marine environment,” Capt. Kevin Reed, commander Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, said.

The Coimbra was a supply ship owned by Great Britain.

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