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Old 12-08-2011, 17:21   #31
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Re: Reporting an Oil Slick

I would report a large spill that is continuing to grow, incidental bilge water I would attemt to contact owner first in all cases except obvious big spills. A thimble of diesel looks huge on the water. I like the do unto others approach.

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Old 12-08-2011, 17:44   #32
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Re: Reporting an Oil Slick

I like the do unto others approach.
I totally agree.

In my slip are several old pilings. Coated with creosote. These are pretty old maybe 40 yrs or more old.
One of these pilings leaks a constant tiny sheen on the water with little swirly eddies.
I watched it very carefully cause I was worried about my boat leaking some kind of oil even though the pumps dont pump.
I asked my slipmate and he told me the creosote is leaking out but its not oil. And it has been doing it for years.
This marina is a workmans marina with a lot of poor crabbers, wooden deadrises, old guys and a lot of 2 cycle detroit diesels. There is often a slight sheen that comes and goes all the time around all the boats.
Another fellow has a 45 foot fiberglass something with lots of shiny white and stainless and multiple decks. One day he started and ran his detroits at the slip for what must have been 2 hours. A soot was spread all over the marina water, sort of like a carbony looking dust, like a halfway sheen, not a sheen but like a sheen.

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Old 12-08-2011, 18:10   #33
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Re: Reporting an Oil Slick

Let your conscience and good common sense be your guide. Is it large enough where it merits a team of people to clean it up? If so then report it.

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Re: Reporting an Oil Slick

It seems the majority of people suggest contacting the owner first if the leak isn't too large. I have witnessed a similar incident here in New York City. A boat owner had a leaking fuel tank on a trawler and it would pump out a large amount whenever he filled it. Each time the pump kicked in he would pump out at least twenty gallons or more. He was warned several times to fix it and ignored it. Only after a month of warning did someone, not me, report the leak.

If it is a small leak of only a gallon or two I would ignore it or let the owner know first. A gallon or so isn't a big deal where we are since it breaks up quickly and is dispersed very soon after the leak.

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