Ship headed to the Port of Alaska is leaking lubricant

Officials estimate risk to environment is low
Ship on way to the Port of Alaska is leaking lubricant
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 10:47 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A container ship that is traveling to the Port of Alaska is leaking lubricant, according to a statement released by the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday.

The Coast Guard was first notified Thursday evening “that the Maunalei, a 645-foot container ship, was leaking lubricant while transiting to the Port of Alaska.”

“The vessel, owned by Matson, Inc., was reportedly discharging a biodegradable, environmentally acceptable lubricant at a rate of approximately six gallons per hour,” the statement said. “Given the low toxicity of the lubricant, the strong tidal currents, and the slow release rate, threats to the wildlife and resources in the region are anticipated to be minimal.”

The Coast Guard and partner agencies are monitoring the leak.

“The vessel contains perishable cargo and other supplies for distribution throughout Alaska,” said Capt. Leanne Lusk, the captain of the Port of Alaska. “After coordinating with federal, state, and local stakeholders and balancing the risk to the supply chain with the risk to the environment, I have authorized the vessel to continue its transit into Anchorage.”

The statement said Matson, Inc., will have the ship repaired in the Lower 48 after docking in Anchorage.

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