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Brazilian Marina

Sao Sebastiao, Sao Paulo, Brazil | 1978-Jan-09

Initial Notification: On the morning of January 9, 1978, the tanker Brazilian Marina grounded in the Sao Sebastiao Channel, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tanks ruptured and spilled approximately 73,600 barrels of Kuwait crude oil. Approximately 18,000 barrels of the spilled product impacted the shoreline. Personnel from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to the spill at the request of Brazilian Authorities. Most of the organized shoreline cleanup was focused on the recreational beaches. Cleanup personnel initially used dispersants to combat the oil on some beaches, but this proved to have negative ecological effects and was stopped. Keyword: Pacific Strike Team (PST), Gulf Strike Team (GST), manual removal, BRAS-X-plus, disposal..

Incident Details
Products of concern:Kuwait Crude Oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 3,090,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 23° 48.00′ South
Longitude (approximate): 45° 43.00′ West
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable