Tug runs aground near Dutch Harbor

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- A tug ran aground near Dutch Harbor on Monday, spilling up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel, the Coast Guard said.

The 99-foot Millennium Star ran aground at the tip of Amaknak Island in Unalaska Bay at about 4:30 a.m. The tug was estimated to have more than 60,000 gallons of diesel onboard.

After it ran aground, any fuel that was spilled from a damaged fuel tank was contained within the ship, said Lt. Bob Beck, supervisor of the marine Safety Detachment in Dutch Harbor.

The Millennium Star was towed off the rocks about two hours after running aground. The tug was towed into port and a containment boom was placed around it. No sheen was observed inside the boom area, but a light sheen was seen on the shoreline.

The remaining fuel would be offloaded, the Coast Guard said.

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