Digging warning stake of Buckeye Pipe Line near the right bank of Newtown Creek a hundred yards or two downstream from Greenpoint Avenue Bridge. Photo by Jim Henderson (PD)

On January 31st, an Allocco Recycling barge transporting construction aggregate sank in Newtown Creek. The barge came to rest on a sediment mound, atop of part of the huge system of petroleum distribution pipes that carry gasoline and jet fuel for the city’s airports, gas stations and for NYPD’s helicopters.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


DNAinfo: The 260-foot Allocco Recycling vessel was carrying construction stone and tied to a Greenpoint, Brooklyn bulkhead when it sank on Jan. 31. The six pipelines crossing under the Newtown Creek are part of the 6,200-mile system operated by Houston, TX-based Buckeye Partners, a petroleum product distribution company.

As is routine with all maritime accidents, the Coast Guard will conduct an investigation, Rowe said, adding that the process could take days or months. Read more from DNAinfo here…

To get all the nitty-gritty details, I highly recommend you head over to The Newtown Pentacle, where Mitch Waxman aka Mister Newtown Creek has covered this event with his trusty camera and eloquent explanation.

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee