On August 22, 2015, MSU Mogan City contacted NOAA SSC requesting evaluation of and trajectory for a mystery sheen reported by platform operators in Eugene Island Block 142. Upon review of photos, oceanographer and SSC determined substance was likely not oil. As a precaution, a trajectory analysis was requested.
On August 15, USCG received a report of a diesel release at the Sitka, Alaska, Power Plant. Approximately 30,000 gallons of diesel was released to secondary containment; some diesel flowed from secondary containment into a local storm drain. Sheen and a strong odor of diesel was reported at a storm drain outfall at Eagle Beach. USCG requested a fates analysis for the diesel in secondary containment in order to estimate how much diesel was released through the storm drain.
On August 13, 2015, USCG received a report of the F/V Sheryl Ann hard aground near Spruce Island, near Kodiak, Alaska. The Sheryl Ann is a 47ft purse seine, 26GT, with 1000 gallon fuel capacity. Vessel master reports approximately 250 gallons of diesel on board at the time of the incident.
On August 11, 2015, the 86-FT Fishing Tender Egegik Spirit grounded after dragging anchor near Olsen Island, Prince William Sound, AK. The total fuel capacity is reported to be 5,000 gallons. The vessel also has approximately 94,000 lbs of fish on board. USCG Valdez requests fate and trajectory and resources at risk analysis.
On August 10, 2015, the MV Challenger with a barge in side tow, sank on the Nushagak River approximately two miles downstream of Ekwok, Alaska. The M/V Challenger is reported to have a maximum capacity of 300 gallons of diesel, with 100 gallons of diesel being reported onboard at the time of the sinking.
On August 2, 2015, the USCG Sector New York notified NOAA of an oil spill from a pipeline into the Kill Van Kull, near Bayonne, NJ. The source of the oil is a pipeline owned by IMTT. It was estimated that 350 barrels of #6 oil was released at 2200 on the night of 1 August. The company reported that most of the oil was contained in boom. The USCG requested a trajectory to help locate any uncontained oil at first light.
On August 2, 2015, the 82 foot F/V ICELANDER ran aground on Latouche Island, Alaska. Vessel has approximately 12,000-15,000 gallons of diesel on board with 200 gallons of lube oil and 250 gallons of hydraulic oil on board.
On August 2, 2015, NOAA ERD opened a hotline to capture information and pollution incidents related to Typhoon Soudelor which made landfall at CNMI directly over Saipan and very near Tinian as a category 2 typhoon.
On July 30, 2015, the Canadian satellite service, through NOAA NESDIS, reported an anomaly 60 miles east of Chatham, MA (Cape Cod). NOAA recommended a search vector and USCG Sector Southeast New England will add one of their regularly scheduled enforcement flights to investigate.
On July 22, 2015, a Marine Pollution Surveillance Report was generated by the Integrated Satellite Tracking of Pollution (ISTOP) program of Environment Canada for an anomaly (potential oil spill) detected approximately 50-60 nautical miles ESE of Nantucket Island. USCG requested trajectory support for the likely drift of the target to better focus the search area. NOAA Oceanographer\Modeler was consulted and a search area was provided to the USCG.
On July 19, 2015, the tug 61 foot towing vessel CHARLIE BOY capsized and sank at MM 173 on the Upper Mississippi River. The vessel has an approximate 9,350 gallons of fuel and other oils on board. One crew member is missing.
On July 20, 2015, USCG Sector Houston-Galveston contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a barge collision near the Texas City Y. One barge, containing naptha, was reported to have a punctured tank. Specific amount released unknown at time of report. Barge had been pushed to the bank, and was reported to be on fire. A second barge, containing toluene, was involved in the collision, but was reported to be secure. Chemical fate and properties information was requested and provided.
On July 20, 2015, the USCG MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC to request evaluation of a pipeline leak site in a marsh for a potential in-situ burn(ISB). Products discharged in the marsh include natural gas condensate, crude oil, and produced water. USCG also requested assistance in documenting resources at risk and coordination with federal and state agencies.
On July 16, 2015, the 29-foot fishing vessel "Revelation" capsized in Kvichak Bay, Alaska, due to an unusually high amount of catch in their nets, high winds, and the positioning of the boat on the incoming tide. The vessel had less than 100 gallons of diesl onboard. USCG Sector Anchorage requested information on Resources at Risk.
On July 16, 2015, the 32-foot fishing vessel "North Star" sank in Kvichak Bay, Alaska. The vessel grounded at low tide, and became swamped by the incoming tide. The North Star has approximately 75 gallons of diesel on board. USCG Sector Anchorage requested information on Resources at Risk.
On July 14, 2015, the FV Copper Star, a 76 foot steel hulled fishing tender, ran aground at Hawkins Island in Prince William Sound. The vessel is reported to have approximately 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of diesel on board. Fuel tanks are not reported to be leaking. The USCG has requested Resources at Risk information and assistance with coordination with USFWS and NMFS.
On July 14, 2015, the FV Elizabeth F, an 81 foot fishing vessel grounded near False Pass, Alaska. The fishing vessel is listing on its starboard side with five thousand gallons of diesel fuel on board. Initially, a sheen was reported but has dissipated in the last hour. The master of the vessel reported that the sheen came from a discharge of 1 gallon of hydraulic oil. The Elizabeth F will attempt to refloat at the next high tide. The vessel does not have catch on board. USCG is requesting Resources at Risk for the area.
On July 11, 2015, NOAA NESDIS submitted a "Marine Pollution Surveillance Report" to the National Response Center regarding a potential oil "anomoly" off shore of southern Long Island. The USCG D1 Command Center contacted the NOAA SSC for more information and to produce a trajectory so that air assets could better target the anomaly for investigation.
On July 5, 2015, the USCG San Juan notified the SSC that a 22 foot recreational vessel grounded on a reef in St. Thomas, USVI. The vessel reportedly had 12 gallons of gasoline aboard and there may have been impact to the coral associated with the grounding.
On July 6, 2015, the USCG Sector San Juan notified the SSC that the 50 foot passenger vessel, Sacraficio II had grounded on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The grounding occurred on July 5. The vessel has 320 gallons of diesel onboard. The vessel appears to be grounded on sand only on or near the shoreline which is Hawksbill seaturtle critical habitat. No indications of coral impacts have been reported.