On May 3, 2015 the Coast Guard notified NOAA of the sinking of the F/V Sea Beast in the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, with a potential of 500 gallons of diesel on board.
On May 3, 2015, a 1500 ft by 200 ft mystery sheen was reported to the CG. The sheen was in the middle of Eastern Long Island Sound and about 2 nm from the closest land. The incident was
On April 27, 2015, the USCG notified NOAA of an abandoned hull floating off the Oregon Coast. The vessel is approximately 18ft long and has heavy marine growth. It is suspected to be Japan tsunami marine debris.
On April 22, 2015, the M/V MISSISSAGI ran aground in the lower St. Mary’s River. USCG Sector Sault Sainte Marie requested trajectory, fate, and effects for the potential release of the 55 metric tons of Marine Diesel and 185 metric tons of Heavy Fuel Oil onboard.
On April 21, 2015, the NOAA SSC was notified by the USCG Sector Houston regarding a mystery spill in Cedar Bayou east of Baytown, Texas. The incident occurred on or around evening of 18 April 2015. Initial estimates of the spill are 20-40 bbls. Product spilled is unknown. The USCG is seeking assistance in spilled product identification and locating possible source of release.
On April 18, 2015, the USCG Sector Columbia River notified the NOAA SSC that the F/V COSAIR sank today approximately 30 miles off of Grays Harbor, WA. The vessel was reported to have about 2000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A USCG helicopter overflight reported a light sheen was observed and a trajectory analysis was requested.
On April 17, 2015, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC for consultation on a pipeline spill in Illinois. An underwater 8” pipeline carrying Low Sulphur Diesel across the Cahokia Canal ruptured with an estimated 1200-3000 gallons of product spilling before being secured. The Cahokia Canal leads to the Mississippi River.
On April 14, 2015, the USCG MSU Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC requesting assessment of potential discharge of an oil condensate pipeline currently under repair. The pipeline currently has a pinhole leak and divers are working to locate and repair the leak.
On April 14, 2015, USCG Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA of a sunken pleasure craft that was completely submerged at its slip in Shipyard Cove Marina, Friday Harbor, Washington. The 36ft Grand Bank pleasure craft "SEAWOLF" is estimated to have approximately 400 gallons of diesel on board and is leaking. The vessel location has been boomed.
On April 13, 2015, the USCG Sector Houston notified the NOAA SSC of an incident involving the release of 1 bbl of HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) 380 into the Houston Ship Channel during barge transfer operations. Approximately 6 bbls of oil were released to the deck of the vessel and barge during the incident.
On April 11, 2015, the USCG MSU Port Arthur contacted the NOAA SSC requesting a trajectory to follow up on a sheen reported by NESDIS in an Oceanmap report from the evening of April 10. Sheen is reported in the vicinity of Flower Gardens Bank, source and type of oil unknown at this point. A trajectory is being developed and we are cross-referencing location with known oil & gas infrastructure.
On April 10, 2015, the USCG Sector Mobile notified the NOAA SSC of an incident involving a dredge pontoon barge (deck barge) that sank in/near the Inter-coastal waterway (ICW) northeast of Horn Island (approximately 9 miles south of Pascagoula, MS). Report indicates approximately 13 pontoon barges carrying various equipment including 2 gasoline generators and one tender vessel (25ft) with total of approximately 300 gallons of fuel on board. USCG is requesting fate and trajectory information for worst case release. No release has been reported.
On April 9, 2015, the USCG Sector NOLA advised the NOAA SSC of a leaking tank battery near Johnson Pass in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The source is secured and an OSRO is on-site. Coast Guard is sending an overflight. Incident area is near Pass A Loutre WMA.
On April 6, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City, LA, contacted the NOAA SSC about a mystery sheen reported in the Atchafalya River. The USCG requested an analysis of the potential source and possible connection to an earlier spill.
On April 6, 2015, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC of collision between two deep draft vessels (M/V Privocean and M/V Bravo) in the Lower Mississippi River at River Mile Marker 160. M/V Bravo was transferring a heavy crude oil, and the transfer arms were damaged, spilling an unknown amount of oil into the river.
On April 3, 2015, MSU Cleveland notified the NOAA SSC of an unidentified black oil spill at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio. First responders reported approximately 1000 gallons of black oil in the water and fouled on ice and along the shoreline. The source has been identified as an outfall located in the marina. USCG requested trajectory, fate, and resources at risk.
On April 1, 2015, a PEMEX oil platform caught fire in southern Gulf of Mexico. The incident is in the Bay of Campeche in Mexican waters. Firefighting is on-going. Media reports a number of fatalities and a large evacuation of workers. The fire occurred at a Pemex dehydration and pumping platform known as Abkatun Permanente.
On March 31, 2015, MSU Port Arthur asked for a trajectory for a NESDIS reported anomaly from a Mar 29 RADARSAT-2 data.
On March 31, 2015, the Towboat Rebecca Lynn reported a hull breach west of the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan. USCG Sector Sault Sainte Marie requested trajectory, fate, and effects for the potential release of the 1500 gallons of diesel onboard.
On March 30th 2015, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a distress call from the Canadian flagged "Liana Ransom," a 65 foot sailing ship (so-called "Tall Ship"). The ship reported her engines were out and the sails were fouled around the mast. The USCG rescued all 9 crew by boat and helicopter. The vessel is carrying approximated 400 gallons of diesel and 20 gallons of gasoline. She remains adrift east of the eastern boundary of the Stellwagan Bank National Marine Sanctuary. She is drifting east on predominantly westerly winds. She is not taking on water.