Updated: 10 hours 20 min ago
On December 8, 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted NOAA SSC about a release of 10 barrels of crude oil from an oil/water separator. The facility is located in West Bay, to the northwest of Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. USCG is requesting trajectory of oil in the water to direct activities.
On December 8, 2014, the State of Texas contacted the NOAA SSC to discuss application of an organic sorbent (bagasse or peat moss) to a small freshwater spill that occurred on Nov 9, near Orange, TX.
On December 4, 2014, part of the Eastport, Maine breakwater collapsed, cause yet unknown, resulting in the sinking or damage of several vessels. No injuries are reported. The vessels were not large and no pollution has been reported.
On December 2, 1014, the USCG Sector San Francisco responded to a report of a floating drum in the waters just East of Treasure Island. Nearly 24-hours later, Sector San Francisco responded to yet another report of a floating drum in the waters just East of Yerba Buena Island, less than 1.5 NM to the south of the first drum. Given the similar location of both empty black polyethylene drums and given the recent heavy weather moving through the San Francisco Bay area, Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support in identifying a potential source area(s) for the two (and possibly future) drums.
On the morning of Nov. 27, the U.S. Coast Guard was notified of a sighting by commercial aircraft. Three planes, flying between 24-37,000 feet, reported seeing a 6 mile by 1 mile red-brown patch on the water, approximately 76 miles north of the Dominican Republic, moving east. At this time, no Coast Guard assets are being deployed to investigate.
On November 18, 2014, NOAA was notified by the USCG Sector St. Pete concerning the tank barge EMS 5001. The tow line from the tug parted and the barge deployed its emergency anchor near Tampa Bay, FL. The barge holds 61,000 barrels of jet fuel. The USCG requested a trajectory for a potential release.
On November 15, 2014, the USCG Sector Houston contacted the NOAA SSC about a release of 300 pounds of Methyl Mercaptan from the Dow facility in La Porte, TX USCG requested fate and effects of this chemical and and potential response actions.
On November 14, 2014, the USCG MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC in regards to a surface release of 66 barrels of zinc bromide from a platform in Vermilion Block 342 (90 miles offshore of Louisiana). USCG is requesting information about the potential environmental impacts, fates and effects of this product.
On October 27, 2014, the USCG MSU Houma contacted the NOAA SSC about a 100 barrel crude oil spill which occurred on 25OCT2014. The oil spill was caused by a pipeline rupture in a marsh habitat north of Grand Isle, LA. The source is secure and removal actions are underway. USCG called to consult NOAA about potential use of in-situ burning as a response strategy.
On October 22, 2014, the USCG Sector Anchorage was notified of a 134-FT Self propelled barge carrying approximately 951 gallons of diesel fuel was adrift in the Beaufort Sea. The USCG requested SSC support including potential oil fates and persistence should a discharge occur.
On October 22, 2014, the USCG Sector San Juan Incident Management Division received a report of a sunken 33.8' pleasure craft "MARIMAR II" at the Marina De Salinas, in Salinas Bay, Puerto Rico. The vessel is submerged and aground on its starboard side. The USCG opened a Federal Project to hire a certified BOA contractor (Clean Harbors Environmental Services) to deploy 100' of hard boom and 120' sorbents around vessel, containing any possible potential discharge.
On October 22, 2014 the tug boat Karen Jean sank about 2 miles east of Scarborough Beach, RI. The vessel sank in about 70 feet of water while towing a work barge. The barge is still attached to the tug and still afloat and has not pollution threat aboard. The tug has a maximum capacity of 10, 000 gallons of diesel fuel, but the owner reports only about 3,000 gallons on board, plus an additional 100 gallons of assorted other petroleum products.
On October 20, 2014, the USCG Morgan City contacted the NOAA Hazmat Duty Officer regarding a reported mystery sheen located approximately 7 NM south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana. (Gulf of Mexico). The sheen was reported by passing helicopter as an "unknown" source and was described as 3 miles long with a 100 x 200 ft patch of "black oil" near the center. USCG has requested fate and trajectory information.
On 20 October 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector Boston that the fishing vessel Sambuca sunk at 2020 on the 19th approximately 12 miles east of Gloucester, MA with an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.
On October 19, 2014, the USCG Sector Columbia River called the NOAA SSC to report that a mystery spill with a strong diesel smell had been reported on the Naselle River, WA. USCG Sector Columbia River asked for a river forecast and potential downstream movement of the material.
On October 20, 2014, the USCG D17 notified the NOAA SSC that the 441-ft M/V SIMUSHIR (a Russian freighter) had lost propulsion, and was disabled and adrift near the Queen Charlotte Island in Northern British Columbia, Canada. The potential for pollution is 500 tonnes of bunker and 60 tonnes of diesel fuel. The main cargo is containerized box cargo. FOSC Sector Juneau has requested a trajectory to determine if potential spill could impact U.S. waters, shorelines, or resources.
On October 17, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC that a 67-foot recreational vessel, the "LADY A", sank approximately 1.5 miles off of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The wood hull vessel is reported to have about 700 gallons of diesel aboard. A small sheen was observed when the vessel sank but no other release has been reported at this time. The USCG requested trajectory support in the event of a release, at the request of National Wildlife Refuge staff.
On October 13, 2014, a tug carrying ~2,000 gallons of marine diesel capsized in Mobile Bay, AL. Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC and requested a trajectory.
On October 2, 2014, the "Baker" platform located in Cook Inlet Southwest of Anchorage, caught fire and was evacuated. The platform produces natural gas. Only a small amount of fuel is located on the platform for local power generation--10,000 gallons of diesel and 5,000 gallons of lube oil. The USCG has requested a fate model run and a trajectory for a potential release of the diesel and lube oil.
On Oct. 1, 2014, at about 1300 EDT a 65 foot salmon pen tending barge (number or name unknown) sank in approximately 70 feet of water 50-100 off the northwest corner of Black Island (due south of Mt. Desert Island) in Maine. The barge was carrying approximately 400 gallons of diesel. The fuel vents on the barge were secured before sinking and subsequent US Coast Guard reports indicated no sheening or oil on the water.