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On November 17, 2015, the USCG sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC regarding a mystery slick observed near Pass A Loutre, LA. NOAA was requested to provide trajectory and weather forecast for the developing incident.
On November 5, 2015, the NOAA SSC was notified of a 60-foor wooden vessel sinking off of Cape Hatteras, NC. All three persons on board were rescued. The vessel had an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel on board, including several extra tanks that were not secured and may have floated off. The vessel is sunken in shallow water and a debris field has been observed in the vicinity of the vessel. USCG requests trajectory and fate of the fuel.
On November 2, 2015, the USCG Sector New Orleans Notified the NOAA SSC about an spill of approximately 1 bbl of crude oil into Bayo Perot due to the failure of the packing of a crown valve on a well head. The spill was contained by previous deployed boom.
On November 1, 2015, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC about an oil spill that occurred on 30 Oct 2015. USCG confirmed by air that a discharge occurred from a platform and had created an approximate 500'x50' rainbow sheen.
On November 1, 2015, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC about a transformer oil spill that occurred at the 2400 Block of Barataria Blvd as the result of an explosion of power equipment (3 regulators) at approximately 0100. USCG reports that approximately 100/300 gallons of potential PCB containing transformer oil was discharged from the damaged regulators and into an adjacent storm drain leading to the Harvey canal system.
On October 30, 2015, the USCG Sector Baltimore notified the NOAA SSC about a JP-4 fuel oil spill that occurred at Ronald Reagan Airport. USCG reports that approximately 8,000 gallons of JP-4 was discharged from a ruptured pipeline and an estimated 3,000 gallons have entered the Potomac River.
On October 27, 2015, the USCG Sector Miami notified the NOAA SSC that a vessel had grounded in the St Lucie Inlet with 5500 gallons of diesel onboard. Some dark oil was seen in the water around the vessel. NOAA trajectory,tides and currents, weather and resources at risk were requested.
On October 26, 2015, the USCG MSU notified the NOAA SSC of a grounded tug and barge in Galveston Texas (NRC#1131660). The barge is empty, tug has a potential of 78,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. No discharge has occurred. Fate, trajectory, and resources at risk requested.
On October 25, 2015, the USCG Sector NOLA notified the NOAA SSC of a sunken barge containing 1,200 tons of petroleum coke (petcoke) at Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Mile Marker 140. The barge is reported to be RP secure, currently tied up at the dock, and no product was released.
On October 23, 2015, the Barge Touslin #180 discharged 15 bbls crude oil during a barge to facility transfer. The source is secure, and the spilled oil has been boomed. The USCG MSU Lake Charles contacted NOAA SSC to request fate, trajectory, and weather forecast.
On September 12, 2015, the Tug Challenger sank at its mooring location near Juneau, AK in approximately 20 feet of water. Marine salvors removed some of the accessible pollutants, however, approximately 500 gallons of waste oils, lubricating oils, and diesel remain on the sunken vessel. The USCG Sector Juneau has requested a resources at risk document for potential leakage of the remaining pollutants on board.
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit Paducah contacted the NOAA SSC for an ALOHA (Air) plume trajectory for a potential release of anhydrous ammonia. UTV SCOTT STEGBAUER became aground in the Ohio River due to change in water level. UTV SCOTT STEGBAUER is loaded with two barges of anhydrous ammonia containing 71,389 gallons total. No damage, injuries or pollution reported.
On Oct 16, 2015, the landing craft, "Ketivik", a 50+ ft. vessel that was transiting from Nushagak to Egegik with an unknown amount of fuel product on board was reported missing. USCG was conducting a SARs for the vessel. The SAR aircraft crew reported a sighting of 4 fuel drums of what could potentially be jet fuel (landing craft was believed to have drums of jet fuel on board). USCG Sector Anchorage requested a spot forecast and trajectory for the fuel drums.
On October 05, 2015, 7th Coast Guard District contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a possible sunken container ship, the El Faro Monday, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water. A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro, a partially submerged life raft, life jackets, life rings, cargo containers and an oil sheen were also located by Coast Guard aircrews within a 225 square nautical mile search area. Search and rescue operations continue. Coast Guard has requested assistance with trajectory assessment for potential oil spill associated with sunken vessel.
On October 2, 2015, the USCG Sector Columbia River contacted NOAA ERD to report the bulk carrier Global Gold struck the dock while coming into the pier resulting in a rupture in the hull 3-4 feet long on the port side of the vessel. The vessel reportedly lost up to 1100 gallons of diesel. A trajectory forecast was requested.
On September 28, 2015, the NOAA Emergency Response Division was relayed a notification from the Canadian Coast Guard of a vessel sinking in Canadian waters of the Straits of Georgia. The 18 meter (60 foot) tug boat "Harken 10" sank in the middle of the Southern Straits of Georgia this morning in approximately 1000 feet of water west of Vancouver, BC. The crew were rescued. The vessel was reported to contain approximately 5100 gallons of diesel fuel, 160 gallons of lube and 160 gallons of hydraulic oil. Because of the proximity to the U.S. border, the US Coast Guard requested a trajectory analysis.
On September 28, 2015, the USCG Sector North Carolina notified the NOAA SSC of an estimated 500 gallon diesel fuel spill from an underground pipeline at an assisted living facility into Nelson Bay, a waterbody in Pamlico Sound. A clean-up contractor is on scene deploying both hard boom and sorbent boom within the affected area.
On October 20, 1937, the tank barge Argo foundered in a storm and sank in western Lake Erie. At the time of the sinking, the barge was reportedly loaded with 4,762 barrels of crude oil and benzol. The vessel was identified in the 2013 NOAA RULET (Remediation of Underwater Legacy Environmental Threats) report and database as potential pollution threat, but the exact location of the wreck was unknown. Recently the vessel was located, confirmed to be in U.S. waters of Lake Erie, and appears from side-scan sonar survey imagery to be intact and may be periodically leaking.
On September 13, 2015, the USCG Sector New York notified the NOAA SSC about a capsized vessel off of Sandy Hook, NJ. It is a 25 foot commercial tow vessel that capsized. Vessel has as much as 150 gallons of gasoline on board. USCG requested that NOAA prepare a trajectory.
On September 13, 2015, the USCG contacted NOAA ERD regarding a vessel adrift in the North side of Bristol Bay, Alaska. The vessel was unmanned and approximately 3 miles offshore. The USCG requested a vessel drift trajectory.