Harbor Area Reopened After Spill Contained

A section of Los Angeles Harbor was reopened to ship traffic Thursday after crews contained a mysterious oil spill that bubbled up next to a cargo ship, the Coast Guard said.

The fuel oil was spotted Wednesday near the Zim California, a 682-foot container ship from Israel, which was docked in the harbor, Petty Officer Brenda Toledo said.

Divers examined the ship for damage but found the hull intact, she said.


“We checked other facilities and boats in the area to see if the oil came from them and we found nothing,” said Mark Lewack, chief marine science technician for the Coast Guard.

Oil samples from the water and the ship were sent for analysis to the Coast Guard Oil Identification Lab in Groton, Conn.

The vessel’s agent, Zim Container, hired Chempro Environmental Services of Long Beach to clean up the spill, estimated at 4,200 gallons.