The city of Los Angeles reached a settlement with the owners and other parties associated with the 577-foot cargo ship Istra Ace, in which faulty piping allegedly caused an oil spill in the Port of Los Angeles in 2016 that covered more than 70 acres and took 23 days to clean up.
The City Attorney’s Office filed court paers in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 19 stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged.
The suit filed April 20 named as defendants Istra Maritime Ltd, the vessel’s owner; Stamco Ship Management Co., the ship’s managing operator; and Mitsui Osk Lines, which chartered the vessel.
The suit sought civil penalties under the state Fish and Game Code as well as an injunction preventing the companies from engaging in future activities that violate the state Health and Safety Code.
The suit stated that on March 13, 2016, a worker on another barge fueling the Istra Ace saw a sheen on the water near berth 197. The gloss turned out to be oil that covered more than 70 acres in the north basin of the port, the suit stated.
“The release impacted the shoreline of several marinas, pier pillings, dock floats, boat slips and boats,” the suit stated.
A line of oil formed at high-tide and stuck to many marina structures, according to the complaint.
The discharge happened after inboard piping failed during the Istra Ace refueling, the suit stated.
“Clean-up crews were deployed and the extensive cleanup operation lasted for 23 days,” the suit stated.
The discharge was so heavy that it is still uncertain how much escaped, the suit states. The U.S. Coast Guard investigation estimated that about 265 barrels worth of oil was discharged into San Pedro Bay, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife believes the leak was much larger, according to the complaint.
The USCG concluded the failure of the fuel pipe at the starboard bunker station caused the leak, the suit stated.