by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Federal and local agencies have completed the initial assessments and cleanup of the beach at Spanish steps near the Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru that grounded in outer Apra Harbor three days ago. According to Joint Region Marianas representatives from Guam Fish and Wildlife Services, Sailors from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, and natural resources specialists from Naval Facilities Engineering Command conducted an assessment of the beach and determined that there was no evidence of leaking contaminants currently visible. Debris was transported on shore in an effort to prevent environmental damage.
"The unified command made a lot of progress today and the on-site team made some significant first steps in mitigating the potential damage this vessel could do to the environment" said Dennis Siler, Naval Base Guam Operations Manager "Our objective as we enter the third day is to complete the safe transfer of heavy oils off the vessel which represent the greatest danger to the environment."