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Kill Van Kull, New York | 1981-Jan-19

Initial Notification: On the afternoon of January 19, 1981, the tank vessel Concho grounded in the eastern end of Kill Van Kull, off the northeastern tip of Staten Island. The bottom port side of the ship suffered damage. As the vessel continued down the Narrows towards New York Lower Bay, crewmen noted that it was listing to port. The vessel was deliberately grounded in Gravesend Bay off Brooklyn to prevent its sinking. The Concho was carrying 207,269 barrels of No. 6 Fuel Oil. Approximately 1,786 barrels of oil were spilled into the water. USCG district 1. Keyword: Atlantic Strike Team (AST), self-propelled skimmer, boom, Air-Deliverable Anti-Pollution Transfer System (ADAPTS), lightering, volunteers..

Incident Details
Products of concern:No. 6 Fuel Oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 75,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 40° 35.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 74° 1.00′ West