Updated: 13 hours 27 min ago
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.
On March 30, 2015, a fire occurred at the Exxon Mobil refinery, resulting in a unit flaring to the atmosphere. Cause of fire is unknown. Chemicals potentially released include nitrous (or nitrogen) oxide, butadiene, benzene and xylene. Plant was evacuated and they are fighting the fire. No injuries reported.
On march 26, 2015, the F/V NELLIE M. sank in Quileute Marina, La Push, Washington. The vessel has approximately 500-600 gallons of diesel fuel on board and sheen is observed. The vessel is currently boomed and a diving/salvage company is en route to the scene.
USCG Sector Miami contacted the NOAA for trajectory support information based on two separate dark anomalies reported by NESDIS Marine Pollution Surveillance Report on Mar. 21. The anomalies were identified trailing moving vessels in a satellite image from March 20th off the southeast coast of FL. Both anomalies are narrow, elongated, and suspected to be oil based on satellite characteristics including varying widths within relatively strong 20 kt surface wind environment. The dimensions of the northern anomaly is 7.4 miles long by 0.2 miles at its widest. The southern anomaly is 4.6 miles long by 0.1 miles at its widest.
On 18 March 2015, the NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG MSU Baton Rouge regarding a minor but ongoing release of crude oil into the Bayou Sorrell Frog Lake area. The release is believed to be associated with residual oil from abandoned flowlines in the area. As water levels have risen in the last few weeks, the abandoned lines have become submerged and residual oil is suspected to have been mobilized. USCG has initiated containment and recovery operations and has requested assistance with determining the source of the oil.
On March 17, 2015, the USCG Sector New York notified NOAA concerning a fire aboard the M/V Grey Shark, a Ro/Ro (roll on/roll off) carrying cars. Crew are attempting to control the fire. The vessel is currently under tow about 100 miles east of Pt. Pleasant, NJ heading back to NY. It has been reported the ship has a total of 55,000 gallons of several different oils onboard. The USCG has requested trajectory implications for each of two potential anchorages, to decide where best to send the ship when it arrives around 2200 this evening in case of any potential spill. The ship is not currently losing any oil.
On 17 March 2015, the NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG District 8 who requested support for a sunken dredge barge (Jack Adams) located near Greenville, MS. On 05 March 2015, the barge sank and salvage and recovery operations were initiated. On 16 March, the dredge folded in half during salvage operations and No. 2 red dye diesel oil was discharged from vessel and was contained/removed by the oil spill response organization (OSRO) on scene. The remaining potential amount of fuel and petroleum product onboard the sunken vessel is believed to be 2,700 gallons of diesel fuel oil in the starboard tank and lubricating oil in two electric motors and one 55 gallon drum. USCG has requested NOAA SSC support for emergency consultation notifications.
On March 16, 2015, the USCG MSD Ketchikan, AK, contacted NOAA ERD to request a trajectory for a potential diesel fuel spill from the grounded F/V Tonto III. The subject F/V broke free of it's mooring during the weekend, grounded on the shore of Wadleigh Island (along the western shore of Prince of Wales Island) and became flooded on an incoming tide. USCG MSD requested trajectory support in the event of a release.
On March 14, 2015, the tug SEA BEAR sank approximately 1nm offshore of Fire Island, New York. The Tug had 1800 gallons of diesel and approximately 200 gallons of lube oil on-board. USCG requested trajectory and weather support.
On March 13, 2015, the USEPA notified ERD of a waste vegetable oil spill on the banks of McCarthy Creek in Beaverton, Oregon. Approximately 2000 gallons of oil was spilled. Unknown if oil has entered the creek. USEPA requested information on anadromous species.
On March 9, 2015, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a spill in the Delaware River resulting from a fueling operation. Fuel oil (Bunker C) was being transferred from the Barge DS306 to the MV WILD COSMOS. Operators overfilled the two port side tanks resulting in an estimated 400-500 gallons spilling out onto the deck and an estimated 100 gallons of product spilling into the Delaware River, Port of Wilmington, DE. Sector Delaware Bay contacted NOAA SSC requesting a spill trajectory.
On March 9, 2015, the M/V Carla Maersk and M/V Conti Peridot collided in Galveston Bay, TX. The M/V Carla Maersk was carrying methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE). It was reported that three cargo tanks were breeched and an unknown amount of MTBE has spilled. USCG has requested NOAA scientific support including chemicals fate in the water and air, ecological and human health hazards, chemical trajectory, and environmental resources at risk information.
On March 5, 2015, the USCG requested NOAA SSC assistance for the BNSF Train Derailment along the banks of the Mississippi River south of Galena, IL. The accident occurred in the vicinity of the confluence of the Galena River and the Mississippi River near Mississippi River Mile Marker 565.3. According to a statement from BSNF, the train has 105 cars, 103 of which were carrying crude oil.
On 28 February 2015 the USCG Sector NY contacted NOAA to report that the Kearny Fire Dept. reported a vehicle accident on Route 7 at the Witt Penn Bridge in Hudson County, NJ. There was a discharge of approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel from a United States postal service truck’s saddle tank. The oil made its way into the storm sewer and then to the Hackensack Rived. .
On February 22, 2015, the USCG received a report of a large oil sheen in the Auke Bay Harbor, AK, approximately 10 miles north of Juneau, AK. The source was unknown. The material was tentatively identified as used motor oil.
On February 16, 2015, a CSX train derailed near the Kanawha River in West Virginia. The train was hauling Bakken crude oil. An unknown amount of crude oil was released into Armstrong Creek which feeds into the Kanawha River. Initially, the derailed train cars caused a huge fire, but the fire has been extinguished at this time. The towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom have both been evacuated (evacuation of 1 mile radius from derailment). The area has heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures. USCG Sector Ohio Valley has requested on-scene NOAA SSC support.
On February 18, 2015, the USCG reported a sunken 31 ft vessel at Thamesport marina in New London, CT. with about 100 gallons of diesel onboard, batteries, and unknown drum onboard the vessel with significant sheening coming from the vessel.
On February 16, 2015, the 81-foot fishing vessel Savannah Ray went hard aground on the southeast coast of Long Island, in Chiniak Bay, near Kodiak, Alaska. Six crew members airlifted off by USCG helo. USCG requested NOAA SSC to provide resources at risk analysis.
On February 10, 2015, the Shell refinery in Martinez, CA reported a spill of crude oil from a line undergoing hydrostatic testing. The release occurred near the seaward end of the Shell pier, where fixed containment boom is maintained. Response contractors were on-scene before sunset and applied additional containment boom and deployed skimmers. USCG Sector San Francisco requested trajectory support.
On February 6, 2015, the EPA requested denatured ethanol fate and trajectory associated with the CPR Train Derailment. The CPR Train Derailment occurred on February 4, 2015, along the banks of the Mississippi River approximately 10 miles north of Dubuque, Iowa, near the city of Balltown.