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F/V Richie Rich, Offshore Point Au Fer Island, LA

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:00
On August 31, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City, LA, notified the NOAA SSC about a sunken fishing vessel, F/V Richie Rich, 10 miles offshore of Point Au Fer Island, Louisiana. The vessel is reported to have approximately 4,000 gallons diesel on board. Initial reports were no pollution, but a sheen of unknown size was later reported at the same location. USCG requested a trajectory.

Dredge Vessel ILLINOIS, Sea Isle, NJ

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:00
On August 31, 2015, the USCG Sector Delaware Bay contacted the NOAA SSC to report a spill offshore of Sea Isle, New Jersey. A broken shaft on the dredging vessel M/V ILLINOIS released an estimated 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid into the ocean. Sector Delaware Bay requested a spill trajectory.

Piti Power Plant generator fire, Piti, Guam

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:00
On August 31, 2015, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector Guam regarding an oil release into a storm drain from the Piti Power Plant in Piti, Guam, following a fire and explosion at a generator. The oil released is reported to be fuel #6. The amount of oil released is unknown at this time, but believed to be a relatively small volume. The storm drain empties into an outfall that ultimately flows into Apra Harbor.

FV El Jeffe, Sandy Hook, NJ

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:00
On August 28, 2015, NOAA was contacted by the USCG Sector NY Incident Management Division requesting a trajectory for a sunken fishing vessel just off Sandy Hook, NJ. The boat is not leaking at this time and the trajectory is in preparation for upcoming salvage activities. The amount of oil on board the vessel is unknown, but the suspected amount is approximately 200 gallons of diesel.

Mystery Substance , Eugene Island Block 142

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 17:00
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.

Sitka Power Plant, Sitka, Alaska

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV Sheryl Ann, Spruce Island, Alaska

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV Egegik Spirit, Olsen Island, Alaska

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 17:00
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.

MV Challenger/Barge, Nushagak River, Alaska

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 17:00
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.

IMTT Bayonne, Bayonne, NJ

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV Icelander, Latouche Island, Alaska

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 17:00
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.

Typhoon Soudelor, Saipan, CNMI

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 17:00
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.

Anomaly: 30 July 2015, 60 miles east of Cape Cod

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:00
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.

Mystery Sheen: Great South Channel, Massachusetts: ESE of Nantucket

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:00
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.

UTV CHARLIE BOY, Mississippi River, St. Louis, MO

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:00
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.

Barge Collision, Texas City, TX

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 17:00
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.

East Wax Lake Pipeline Leak, Belle Isle, LA

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV Revelation, Kvichak Bay, Alaska

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV North Star, Kvichak Bay, Alaska

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:00
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.

FV Copper Star, Hawkins Island, Alaska

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 17:00
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.