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SLUDGE SEEPS INTO HARBOR AFTER COLLISION

Approximately 1.2 million gallons of sludge seeped into New York Harbor after a municipal barge collided with a ship carrying molasses, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The 380-foot barge Lemon Creek collided with the 433-foot-long Lodestar King at 10 a.m. Sunday as the ship was about to dock at the Bay Ridge anchorage in the upper bay between Manhattan and the Verrazano Bridge, said Petty Officer David Cook, a Coast Guard spokesman. The cause was under investigation, but foggy weather conditions were a factor, Cook said.

The Lodestar did not leak, but the sludge leaked from an 18-inch hole below the barge's water line, Cook said. The barge normally is used to transport municipal sludge to a dumping site 106 miles out to sea, he said.

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