Environment & Science

Cargo ship leaks unknown amount of oil in Los Angeles Harbor

File: Shipping containers are loaded onto ships in the Port of Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2006 in San Pedro.
File: Shipping containers are loaded onto ships in the Port of Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2006 in San Pedro.
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Cleanup efforts are underway after a large cargo ship leaked an unknown amount of oil in Los Angeles Harbor.

The leak was reported Sunday evening. Petty Officer Andrea Anderson with the US Coast Guard said the leak occurred during a refueling operation. Crew members on the 577-foot car carrying ship, Istra Ace, noticed the smell of fuel and saw an oil sheen on the water. The leak was stopped after it was discovered.

The Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the responsible party are overseeing cleanup operations.

Officials didn't immediately know Monday how much fuel entered the water. The Coast Guard flew a helicopter over the area Monday morning to assess the size of the spill, Anderson said.

More than 15,000 feet of oil-absorbent booms were placed around the spill, Anderson said.

Teams from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to unconfirmed reports of oiled wildlife in the area, according to Eric Laughlin with the department. Officials also assigned teams to assess the potential impact of the spill on the shoreline, Laughlin said.

Authorities request anyone who sees wildlife covered with oil to contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 1-877-823-6926. Anyone who feels they have been impacted by the spill can call 1-888-850-8486 to make a claim.