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.
On July 3, 2015, NOAA NESDIS notified the Alaska SSC of a satellite "anomaly" over 130 miles south-southwest of Sitka, Alaska. The anomaly may be an oil slick. A trajectory analysis was requested.
On July 2, 2015, USCG Sector New Orleans notified NOAA about a barge collision on the Lower Mississippi River, near mile marker 150. One barge sank, reportedly carrying a load of caustic soda (NaOH). USCG requested potential fate of the material.
On June 30, 2015, the USCG Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a 53 ft wooden hulled fishing vessel which has run aground off the west end of Dauphin Island, AL. The vessel is believed to have 500 gallons of marine diesel aboard and no discharge has been reported. USCG has requested a worst case discharge analysis.
On June 30, 2015, the USCG Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a WWII era seaplane which has run aground on the sandbar about 50 feet from shore on Perdido Key, FL. The seaplane is believed to be carrying 400 gallons of aviation gas (avgas). No discharge has been reported. The seaplane was involved in a movie being filmed locally and experienced mechanical problems forcing it to land. Upon landing, the seaplane began to take on water and was intentionally run aground onto the sandbar. USCG is requesting a worst case discharge analysis.
On June 28, 2015, a Space X Dragon rocket that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, exploded several minutes after launch. The debris and payload of the rocket crashed offshore approximately 150 miles off Jacksonville, FL. The USCG contacted the NOAA SSC to assist with hazard assessment for rocket fuels that may have survived the explosion.
On June 21, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit at Texas City, Texas, notified the NOAA SSC of a suspected crude oil pipeline break on a Bolivar Peninsula beach. The suspected break was discovered by a harbor patrol responding to a separate incident on June 20. A responsible party has not been identified. Amount released and rate of release are unknown at this point. No oil has been observed reaching the water, but surveys of the dune area revealed sheen in water pools among the dunes.
On June 16, 2015, The NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector New York of a 700 gallon orange oil spill into a small stream that leads into the Passaic River, near East Hanover, NJ. The incident occurred on June 15. The USCG requested potential fate and effects information on the product.
On June 15, 2015, the fishing vessel "Robert C" sank approximately 1.5 miles off the west side of Martha's Vineyard in about 60 feet of water. The vessel was reportedly carrying 180 gallons of diesel fuel.
On June 10, 2015, the FV Kupreanof, an 80' fishing vessel, sank approximately 45 nautical miles NNW of Cape Spencer (west of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve). The maximum fuel capacity is 7,200 gallons of diesel, with another 100 gallons other oils. USCG Sector Juneau has requested a fates analysis and trajectory for the 7200 gallons of diesel.