On April 27, 2016, the USCG Sector New Orleans (Sec NOLA) contacted the NOAA Regional Response Officer (RRO) regarding the grounding of motor vessel (M/V) SHELF VENTURE in Baptiste Collette, LA. The vessel sustained a 8ft by 3in gash on its port side, damaging the port fuel tank. The USCG determined that the contents of the tank, approximately 1000 gallons of diesel, had discharged into the Baptiste Collette. The USCG has requested a trajectory as well as a resources at risk.
On April 22, 2016, Sector Houston-Galveston requested NOAA SSC provide input for booming strategies in case the UTV Ricky Lebeouf, which sank on April 19, discharges the 10,000 gallons of marine diesel on board. Currently, situation is stable, and discharge appears unlikely. Trajectory analysis provided.
On April 20, 2016, USCG Sector NOLA notified the NOAA SSC of a sinking barge containing crude oil at MM 92.6 on the Lower Mississippi River. Barge has a capacity of 25,000 bbls. SSC has provided trajectory based on river flow estimates, and fate analysis for several types of crude oils.
On April 15, 2016, USCG Honolulu notified the NOAA SSC for Oceania that the F/V No. 1 JI HYUN has grounded on the southwest side of Aunuu Island in American Samoa. The vessel is reported to have 3,000 gallons of diesel on board. No oil has been released to the environment at this time. USCG requested trajectory support in the event of a release.
On April 15, 2016, the Washington State Department of Ecology notified the NOAA SSC that the 75 foot fishing vessel, F/V PRIVATEER, was sinking near the mouth of Grays Harbor, WA. USCG conducted search and rescue operations and three crew members were successfully rescued off the vessel. The potential spill volume from this vessel is reported to be approximately 6,000 gallons of diesel.
On March 24, 2016, an construction excavator fell through the ice the Qinaq River near the Village of Tuntutuliak, Alaska, and is in approximately 15 feet of water and 20ft from the bank. The excavator has approximately 60 gallons of product on board, approximately 27 gallons hydraulic, 27 gallons diesel, and 4 gallons of engine oil. The USCG requests information on fate, persistence, and transport of the product.
On April 4, 2016 a fishing boat reported three 100yd x 100yd mystery sheens in the area the Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire. Sector Northern New England requested NOAA to hindcast sheens in order to determine the origin of the sheen.
On April 4, 2016, a tracker-trailer jack-knifed on the I-95 bridge over the Thames River, Connecticut. The accident resulted in the breaching of the fuel saddle tanks and the release of approximately 250 gallons of diesel fuel into the River. Sector Long Island Sound contact the NOAA SSC for oil behavior and sensitive resources information. A sheen was seen on both sides of the bridge.
On March 28, 2016, a tank at the PSC industrial Outsourcing was overfilled, filling the containment berm. Some oil escaped containment and entered Bayou Teche near Jeanerette, LA. USCG requested a trajectory and Resources at Risk.
On March 25, 2016, USCG Sector NOLA notified the NOAA SSC about an estimated 2 bbl leak of crude oil from a Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC) pipeline in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Source is secure, OSROs are on-site, and discharged oil is contained by boom in a dead end canal.
On March 24, 2016, USCG Sector Astoria notified the NOAA SSC of a grounded fishing vessel in Coos Bay, OR with 30,000 pounds of fish, 3200 gallons of diesel, and 300 gallons of lube oil. The incident occurred on Wednesday March 23rd at approximately 0800. Three individuals were rescued from the water, one is still missing. USCG requested scientific support for salvage operations.
On March 22, 2016, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur, TX, contacted the NOAA SSC regarding an app. 500gal bladder containing marine diesel that has washed up on shore in the vicinity of Sea Rim state park in the McFaddin Wildlife refuge. The bladder has a small perforation in one corner and has discharged approximately 5-15 gallons. The USCG has requested a trajectory from NOAA.
On March 20, 2016, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC of a fire at the Port Orchard Yacht Club involving numerous vessels. Thus far, an estimated 300 gallons of diesel has been released but discharge continues with the potential remaining fuel estimated as 1,500 gallons. USCG Sector Puget Sound is on-scene and requested trajectory support.
The 50 foot F/V LONGSHOT caught fire near the entrance to Long Island Sound on Sunday morning March 20, 2016. The crew escaped without injury, but the vessel was full engulfed and burned to the waterline and then sank. The USCG Sector Long Island Sound contacted the NOAA SSC to determine potential fate of the fuel oil and resources at risk.
During an overflight on March 16, 2016, USCG Sector North Bend, OR, discovered a 26-30 foot partial fishing vessel roughly 10 miles offshore of Gold Beach, OR that is believed to be Japanese tsunami marine debris. No fuel is believed to be on-board the vessel, but USCG attached a Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoy (SLDMB) to track the debris in the event it poses a hazard to navigation and/or comes ashore.
On March 15, 2016, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Baton Rouge, LA, notified the NOAA SSC of a platform fire in Bayou Sorrel, LA. One tank is reported on fire and two adjacent tanks containing 35,000 gallons of product each, are at risk. A firefighting contractor is en route to the site to assist in containing the fire, along with USCG personnel including the USCG Gulf Strike team.
Om March 10, 2016, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC for the Northwest that the 57-foot F/V BERGEN grounded in Bellingham Bay, WA, with an estimated 1500 gallons of diesel on board. Trajectory and oil persistence support was requested and delivered verbally. Trustees have been notified and ESA Section 7 emergency consultation has been initiated.
On March 8, 2016, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC regarding scuttling considerations for an interdicted drug smuggling vessel 40 miles south of the Dominican Republic.
On March 7, 2016, the 36 foot fishing vessel Ruby D sank about 45 miles off Ft Meyers Florida. The vessel had a total diesel fuel capacity of 350 gallons but was reportedly carrying 200 gallons at the time of the incident. The USCG rescued all personnel from the vessel and there were no casualties.
On March 6, 2016, at 1600 central time, MSU Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC to request analysis of expected wave and current conditions in support of operations to stabilize a sunken shrimp trawler near the south jetty of the Houston Ship Channel in Galveston, Texas.