Updated: 13 hours 46 min ago
On the morning of Nov. 27, the U.S. Coast Guard was notified of a sighting by commercial aircraft. Three planes, flying between 24-37,000 feet, reported seeing a 6 mile by 1 mile red-brown patch on the water, approximately 76 miles north of the Dominican Republic, moving east. At this time, no Coast Guard assets are being deployed to investigate.
On November 18, 2014, NOAA was notified by the USCG Sector St. Pete concerning the tank barge EMS 5001. The tow line from the tug parted and the barge deployed its emergency anchor near Tampa Bay, FL. The barge holds 61,000 barrels of jet fuel. The USCG requested a trajectory for a potential release.
On November 15, 2014, the USCG Sector Houston contacted the NOAA SSC about a release of 300 pounds of Methyl Mercaptan from the Dow facility in La Porte, TX USCG requested fate and effects of this chemical and and potential response actions.
On November 14, 2014, the USCG MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC in regards to a surface release of 66 barrels of zinc bromide from a platform in Vermilion Block 342 (90 miles offshore of Louisiana). USCG is requesting information about the potential environmental impacts, fates and effects of this product.
On October 27, 2014, the USCG MSU Houma contacted the NOAA SSC about a 100 barrel crude oil spill which occurred on 25OCT2014. The oil spill was caused by a pipeline rupture in a marsh habitat north of Grand Isle, LA. The source is secure and removal actions are underway. USCG called to consult NOAA about potential use of in-situ burning as a response strategy.
On October 22, 2014, the USCG Sector Anchorage was notified of a 134-FT Self propelled barge carrying approximately 951 gallons of diesel fuel was adrift in the Beaufort Sea. The USCG requested SSC support including potential oil fates and persistence should a discharge occur.
On October 22, 2014, the USCG Sector San Juan Incident Management Division received a report of a sunken 33.8' pleasure craft "MARIMAR II" at the Marina De Salinas, in Salinas Bay, Puerto Rico. The vessel is submerged and aground on its starboard side. The USCG opened a Federal Project to hire a certified BOA contractor (Clean Harbors Environmental Services) to deploy 100' of hard boom and 120' sorbents around vessel, containing any possible potential discharge.
On October 22, 2014 the tug boat Karen Jean sank about 2 miles east of Scarborough Beach, RI. The vessel sank in about 70 feet of water while towing a work barge. The barge is still attached to the tug and still afloat and has not pollution threat aboard. The tug has a maximum capacity of 10, 000 gallons of diesel fuel, but the owner reports only about 3,000 gallons on board, plus an additional 100 gallons of assorted other petroleum products.
On October 20, 2014, the USCG Morgan City contacted the NOAA Hazmat Duty Officer regarding a reported mystery sheen located approximately 7 NM south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana. (Gulf of Mexico). The sheen was reported by passing helicopter as an "unknown" source and was described as 3 miles long with a 100 x 200 ft patch of "black oil" near the center. USCG has requested fate and trajectory information.
On 20 October 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector Boston that the fishing vessel Sambuca sunk at 2020 on the 19th approximately 12 miles east of Gloucester, MA with an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.
On October 19, 2014, the USCG Sector Columbia River called the NOAA SSC to report that a mystery spill with a strong diesel smell had been reported on the Naselle River, WA. USCG Sector Columbia River asked for a river forecast and potential downstream movement of the material.
On October 20, 2014, the USCG D17 notified the NOAA SSC that the 441-ft M/V SIMUSHIR (a Russian freighter) had lost propulsion, and was disabled and adrift near the Queen Charlotte Island in Northern British Columbia, Canada. The potential for pollution is 500 tonnes of bunker and 60 tonnes of diesel fuel. The main cargo is containerized box cargo. FOSC Sector Juneau has requested a trajectory to determine if potential spill could impact U.S. waters, shorelines, or resources.
On October 17, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the NOAA SSC that a 67-foot recreational vessel, the "LADY A", sank approximately 1.5 miles off of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The wood hull vessel is reported to have about 700 gallons of diesel aboard. A small sheen was observed when the vessel sank but no other release has been reported at this time. The USCG requested trajectory support in the event of a release, at the request of National Wildlife Refuge staff.
On October 13, 2014, a tug carrying ~2,000 gallons of marine diesel capsized in Mobile Bay, AL. Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC and requested a trajectory.
On October 2, 2014, the "Baker" platform located in Cook Inlet Southwest of Anchorage, caught fire and was evacuated. The platform produces natural gas. Only a small amount of fuel is located on the platform for local power generation--10,000 gallons of diesel and 5,000 gallons of lube oil. The USCG has requested a fate model run and a trajectory for a potential release of the diesel and lube oil.
On Oct. 1, 2014, at about 1300 EDT a 65 foot salmon pen tending barge (number or name unknown) sank in approximately 70 feet of water 50-100 off the northwest corner of Black Island (due south of Mt. Desert Island) in Maine. The barge was carrying approximately 400 gallons of diesel. The fuel vents on the barge were secured before sinking and subsequent US Coast Guard reports indicated no sheening or oil on the water.
On September 29, 2014, the SCG Sector Long Island Sound contacted NOAA regarding a potential release of oil and hazardous substances (oil possibly commingled with PCBs)at the English Station Power Plant on Ball Island in the Mill River, just north of New Haven, CT harbor. Sect LIS has requested NOAA assistance in identifying resources at risk.
On September 25, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by the USCG Sector NY of an oil spill at IMTT in Bayonne, NJ. Due to overfilling of a barge at the facility approximately 2,100 gallons of #6 oil overflowed from the barge into the Kill Van Kull waterway. NJ regulations require pre-booming of all transfers, so the spilled oil was contained within the boom.
On September 23, 2014, USCG Sector NOLA notified NOAA about a 76 ft shrimp vessel which sank about 5 miles south of SouthWest Pass in greater than 200 ft of water, and requested a trajectory. Vessel sank at approximately 13:40 local, carrying 3,500 gallons of diesel and 15 gallons of lube oil.
On September 21, 2014, a 42' pleasure craft sank 9 miles ENE of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. The pleasure craft sank with a maximum capcity of 250 gallons of diesel fuel and 2 gallons of lube oil in approximately 129 ft of water. The USCG Sector San Juan contacted NOAA ERD at 1120ET to request fate and trajectory analysis.