Updated: 2 days 15 hours ago
On November 1, 2013 the USCG MSD Dutch Harbor notified the NOAA Alaska SSC the F/V Arctic Hunter grounded in Unalaska Bay, approximately 6 nautical miles from Dutch Harbor. The vessel is taking on water and an estimated 15,000 gallons diesel fuel is onboard. The crew safely abandoned the vessel and were rescued by the crews of F/V Bristol and F/V Saga.
On October 31, 2013 the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator regarding a discharge of crude oil from the Romere Pass 59 well. An estimated 3-5 barrels was released within the Delta National Wildlife Refuge. The leaked was contained by shutting down the wellhead at the surface.
USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC of a spill of polymer-based drilling fluid into the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington on October 21, 2013. The discharge reportedly resulted from an open valve on a barge that grounded at midnight on Monday.
At 1800 PDT on 16 Oct 2013, USCG contacted NOAA Emergency Response Division about a mystery sheen reported at 1630 PDT. The description was 1 mile by 100 yards with patches of black and brown oil.
On October 11, 2013 the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator about a mystery sheen in Breton Sound. A good samaritan who was flying over Breton Sound reported the sheen to the USCG at 11:30 CT. The sheen is described as 1 mile by 5 mile of which 10% is black oil.
On October 10, 2013 the USCG Marine Safety Unit Chicago notified the NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator of a diesel spill. Approximately 750-1000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Calumet River during a fuel transfer to a tugboat.
At 1000ET on 10 Oct 2013, USCG contacted NOAA Emergency Response Division about a 46ft wooden fishing boat aground on Wasque Shoal in Muskeget Channel, MA near Martha's Vineyard. The vessel's anchor failed overnight and grounded this morning. The vessel is listing in 3 feet of water and fuel vents have been plugged.
USCG Sector Puget Sound contacted the NOAA SSC at approximately 1315 PDT on 2 Oct. 2013 regarding the sunken historic wood tug Chickamauga. The tug sunk at the Eagle Harbor Marina on Bainbridge Island, WA. The local fire department contained all observable sheen.
On 18SEP, USCG Sector New Orleans contacted NOAA SSC about a release of Sulfuric Acid near Mississippi River mile marker 169, about 73 river miles upstream of New Orleans. The release was 1200 pounds which leaked out over a 1 hour period. The source is now secure and personnel are investigating the matter. USCG is requesting fate and effect report from NOAA.
On Friday 13 September 2013 at about 0900, USCG Sector NY received a notification from NRC of a spill of an unknown amount of No. 6 oil from a tank on the barge CASABLANCA at the Kirby Facility in Staten Island due to a possible valve failure. Initial cause of the spill was attributed to a clogged stem while transferring product between tanks. During transfer, the stem clogged allowing the product to spill from the tank into the water for approximately 15 minutes.
On September 13, 2013, USCG District 14 notified the SSC for the Pacific Islands that two 60-foot fishing vessels had grounded on Tinian Island. Both vessels grounded along the south shore of Kammer Reef, just south of Tinian’s Harbor. USCG Sector Guam, CNMI Department of Public Safety, and CNMI DEQ are responding. One vessel has already been safely refloated. The vessel remaining aground, the IL SIN HO, is reported to have an unspecified quantity of fuel and oily bilge water onboard. The responsible party has taken responsibility and is putting together a fuel removal and salvage plan for submission to USCG Sector Guam for review and approval. NOAA NMFS coral and restoration experts are engaged with the response and providing guidance to minimize damage to coral during salvage operations.
On September 10, 2013, the HI Department of Health contacted the NOAA SSC to request trajectory and fate support for a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii. The Matson Shipping Company reported losing approximately 1400 tons, or an estimated 224,000 gallons, of molasses at about 1800 local time on Sunday, September 8.
At approximately 0915 on 6 September 2013 USCG Sector Columbia River contacted the NOAA SSC regarding the 55 ft. F/V ANDRIANNA aground 1/3 mile south of the southern breakwater at the entrance to Grays Harbor, WA. Potential release of 1200 gallons of diesel, however, no release has yet been reported. All crew are safe. USCG requested trajectory and fate support.
At approximately 1630 PDT on 5 September 2013 USCG Sector Puget Sound contacted the NOAA SSC regarding the sunken 50 foot fishing vessel SEA BREAKER, ~2 NM SE of Pt. Roberts, WA. There is a potential of 1000 gallons of diesel on board the vessel. There is no sheen at this time. USCG is requesting a worst case discharge trajectory scenario, along with the weather, tides and current information.
On September 4, 2013, USCG Sector Anchorage notified the NOAA SSC that the Sailing Vessel S/V Perd Pas Le Nord was soft aground on a shoal in Peard Bay, Alaska, approximately 30 miles NE of Wainwright or 40 miles SW of Barrow, Alaska. The vessel has 200 gallons of diesel on board. The owner is currently working to facilitate removing the steel-hulled vessel from the shoal.
On August 27, 2013, USCG reported that tarballs from an unknown source began showing up on shore near Cape Canaveral, FL along 12-15 miles of the National Seashore early on 27 August, 2013. NOAA was asked to evaluate possible source locations. USCG is investigating and responding to the incident.
On August 28, 2013 the PBF Energy facility in Delaware City, DE, had a #2 fuel oil release from a storage tank. Approximately 1 barrel of oil escaped secondary containment and reached the Delaware River. The RP had deployed boom and requested skimmers from the Delaware Bay and River Coop to help protect local shorelines and recover the product. The cause of the release is still under investigation.
On August 22,2013 the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur, TX contacted the NOAA SSC to request a trajectory for a reported oil slick 15 miles south-southeast of the Calcasieu River Pass. It is not clear at this time if the material of the reported slick is actual oil or biological substance.
On August 21, 2013 the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC of a grounded 21 foot bayliner vessel at the mouth of Sekiu River, WA. The vessel grounded in fog at approximately 7:00pm/PDT on August 20, 2013. The USCG requested information on environmental sensitivities in the area. There is no fuel leaking from the vessel at this time.