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Agencies respond to spill at Port of Astoria, Ore.

The Coast Guard, and other local agency personnel are responding to a diesel fuel spill from a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier at Pier 1 in Astoria, Friday morning. The vessel had reportedly hit the pier while pulling in, sustained damage and was leaking diesel oil from a 4-foot gash in the hull on the port side above the waterline.

Incident Management Division investigators from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River are on scene with the 565-foot vessel Global Gold and the pier has been surrounded by protective boom.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders received the initial report from a facility security officer at approximately 12:50 a.m.

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