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.