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On March 3, 2014, the USCG St Petersburg, FL reported that 60 foot pleasure craft (name unknown) had caught fire and sunk off Sanibel Island, FL. The vessel is in 26 feet of water and had 500-700 gallons of diesel onboard. A light sheen around the vessel has been reported. The vessel is about 3 miles south of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. USCG requested trajectory and fates of a potential diesel spill.
On March 21, 2014, the USCG Marine Safety Unit Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC about a release of approximately 70,000 lbs of phenol into a retention pond. The release occurred because of a failed pipeline. The facility uses this retention pond as an intermediary holding place prior to releasing waste water into the Brazos River. USCG requested toxicity information about phenol, fate and effects, and resources at risk.
On February 23, 2014, the M/V Sealion, a 46 foot recreational vessel, sank three miles off Boca Raton, FL in 600 feet of water. The vessel had 650 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. No observed pollution was reported. The SSC was contacted to provide information relative to trajectory, risks to shoreline and resources as well as oil fate.
On February 22, 2014, USCG Sector New Orleans (NOLA) contacted the NOAA SSC regarding an oil spill on the Lower Mississippi River. At approximately 15:30 Central Time, the Tank Barge E2MS 303 collided with the towboat Lindsay Ann Erickson, which was pushing grain barges and was moving out of the shipping lane and into a fleeting area. The Tank Barge was being pushed by the Towboat Hannah C. Settoon. The collision occurred at mile marker 153.7 on the Lower Mississippi River. The collision resulted in a gash in one tank, which released crude oil into the river. The tank is reported to contain Bakken crude oil. Reports of actual amount of oil discharged are not yet available. USCG requested for trajectories for both the breached tank and the full potential (25,000 barrels) of all tanks.
On On February 21, 2014, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Texas City, TX, contacted the NOAA SSC about a leaking pipeline on an abandoned platform in High Island Block 98L, about 8 miles off Bolivar Point, TX. During routine operations, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) noticed a sheen and investigated. BSEE personnel landed their helicopter on the abandoned platform to discover 50 psi pressure on the abandoned well. A 1 inch pipeline on the platform is leaking and currently causing a 3-4 mile sheen. USCG contact NOAA to request a trajectory for this incident.
At approximately 10 PM on February 21, 2014 the NOAA SSC received notification from USCG Sector Puget Sound about a vessel fire that occurred in the Shelter Bay Marina in La Connor, Washington, on the Swinomish Channel that began around 5 PMT. Six pleasure craft, ranging from 45 to 62 feet, burned to the waterline. No one was hurt. There was a potential of 600 gallons of diesel or gas on each vessel. Fuel oil was observed leaking but booms were placed out quickly after the fire began and on-scene personnel believe that the fuel discharge is contained.
On February 20 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified NOAA SSC about a Mystery Sheen in Black Bay, in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The sheen is 3.5 miles by 300 yrds with 70 % cover of mostly rainbow sheen. Upon further investigation, a suspected source was identified, but no Responsible Party is taking ownership of the sheen. USCG has requested a hindcast (reverse trajectory) to help determine the source.
On February 18, 2014, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff contacted their SSC to request a drift estimate of an unmanned, 32 foot sailboat drifting 7 NM offshore and 9.5 NM South of Point Sur, CA. The occupants were safety rescued by the USCG. Plannining is on-going to locate and recover the vessel.
USCG Sector North Carolina contacted SSC this evening at 2145 hours. Sector North Carolina is currently working a search and rescue case for a fishing vessel, the F/V Lauren Dorothy II, taking on water approximately 46 miles offshore of Wrightsville Beach, NC. The vessel is expected to sink in the vicinity of 36-25N 074-44W with approx 1600 gallons of diesel on board.
On February 13, 2014, the USCG Sector Guam notified the NOAA SSC that a Japanese long-liner, the DAIKI MARU 7, had grounded at 1725 local time at the entrance to Apra Harbor in Guam. The vessel has an estimated 5100 gallons of diesel aboard, as well as small amounts of lube oil and hydraulic fuel. Oil has reportedly been discharged, however the exact time and amount of release are unknown at this time. USCG Sector Guam, in support of DOD, requested information on the likely oil movement and trajectory. The grounding has potential to significantly impact corals. There are sea turtles in the area and the grounding location is adjacent to a sea turtle nesting beach at the base of Spanish Steps.
On February 11, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector Puget Sound of a slick in the Hood Canal, near the Hood Canal bridge. The slick was eventually connected to Naval Base Kitsap, which had a spill incident on 10 Feb. The spill was initially reported as 100-150 gallons, later revised to 2000 gallons, of oily water from a failure in the transfer system on the pier on the afternoon of Feb. 10. The USCG requested weather, tides and currents.