FAIRHAVEN — Roughly 1,500 gallons of fuel spilled into the Fairhaven waterfront early Monday morning, according to the Fairhaven Fire Department. 

At about 7:02 a.m., Fairhaven FD spokesman Wayne Oliveira, said the department received a call for an oil spill at WJA Fisheries at 4 Water Street. Oliveira said the call came from Warren Alexander, owner of the property. 

He said both Fairhaven Fire and the Fairhaven Harbormaster found the 87-foot F/V Princess Scarlett was leaning on its starboard side with the surrounding water area saturated with diesel fuel.

The spill, he said, was located south of the Steamship Authority Dock and north of Fairhaven Shipyard. According to Oliveira, officials were able to contain the area with spill control boom and absorbent pads.

The United States Coast Guard as well as Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection were notified, Oliveira said, while boats from the New Bedford Fire Department, New Bedford Harbor Development Commission and the Fairhaven Harbormaster aided in containing the spill. 

Oliveira added that the cause of the spill is under investigation by the Fairhaven Police Department along with the U.S.Coast Guard and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection secured the services of Frank Corp to clean up the spill.

— Wesley Sykes