Updated: 21 hours 18 min ago
On July 17, 2014, the USCG Sector St. Petersburg, FL, contacted the NOAA Emergency Response Division to report the sunken tug Walter D. Johnson off the west coast of Florida. USCG has requested a fate and trajectory for a potential 1500 gal of marine diesel.
On 15 July 2014 a private individual (fisherman) filed an National Response Center report after observing an oil approximately 48 miles offshore of Cape Lookout, NC. On July 17, 2014, a USCG C-130 aircraft flew over the site and confirmed the presence of a sheen in the same vicinity as that reported by the private individual. Based on the location and the temporal and geographical persistence of the sheens, the oil is likely from a sunken wreck. The USCG contacted the NOAA SSC to review historical information in NOAA databases on the many WWII era wrecks in the area.
On July 12th, 2014, a partially submerged 15 ft boat was reported off the Southern Oregon Coast about 20 nm NW of Brookings, Oregon. It is believed to be from the Japan tsunami.
On July 12, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound alerted the NOAA SSC of a helicopter crash into Puget Sound just north of Kingston, WA. The helicopter had 30 gallons of aviation fuel on board, however, it is not known if there was any released.
On July 9, 2014, approximately 11,300 gallons of diesel was spilled from the USNS FISHER, dry docked at the Boston Ship Repair facility. The spill was contained within the dry dock and no product has or is anticipated to reach the waterway.
On July 7, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound notified the Northwest SSC that a 60-foot yacht was on fire and sinking at the Anacortes Marina. The vessel is reported to have approximately 700 gallons of diesel aboard. Responders are on-scene and booming the vessel.
On the afternoon of July 2nd, 2014,an abandoned skiff was reported about 8 miles off Newport, Oregon. It is assumed that this is another Japan tsunami debris item.
On July 2, 2014, the USCG Sector Puget Sound contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a recreational boat aground on a rocky beach near Tulalip, WA. The vessel had a potential of 25 gal. of gasoline on board, and, after the initial alert to the SSC, it was determined this all leaked out when it initially hit the shore. USCG requested information on environmentally sensitive areas.
On June 30, 2014, the USCG Sector Sault Ste Marie requested trajectories for two mystery sheens located in northern Lake Huron. The product type and volume are unknown.
On June 28, 2014, the USCG Sector Guam notified the NOAA SSC for the Pacific Islands that the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette reported release of 10 gallons of gasoline near Maug Island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
At approximately 1515 on 27June2014, NOAA was notified that the 40ft fishing trawler "Terry Lee" ran aground at the west end of Jones Beach State Park, NY while returning from a fishing trip. It has broken apart and spilled diesel fuel onto the beach and into the water. The USCG and NY DEC are responding.
On June 19, 2014, a transfer pipe parted between the motor tanker Palanca Singapore and the Exxon/Mobil terminal in Everett, MA, resulting in the discharge of an estimated 2500-10,000 gallons of heated asphalt into a boomed area between the pier and the ship. The asphalt was heated to a temperature of near 350 degree F and discharged into water of around 60 degrees F resulting in rapid cooling and solidification. The NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG Sector Boston and deployed to the scene. In addition, NOAA ERD oceanographers provided trajectory and fate modeling if any product were to have escaped containment.
On Sunday, June 15, an estimated 40 - 50 ft boat was seen adrift off the Cape Perpetua, on the Oregon coast. The mostly submerged hull is encrusted with heavy marine growth and it is assumed that this debris from the Japan tsunami. USCG issued a notice to mariners and requested a drift trajectory from NOAA.
On June 7, 2014, the NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector NOLA of a 20 barrel spill in a marsh near Port Sulphur, LA. NOAA provided resources at risk analysis and marsh cleanup endpoints.
On June 10, 2014 at 1400 (CST), MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC regarding NRC#1085130. The caller reported "large black patches". Morgan City IMD personnel inquired as to whether there were any harmful algal bloom (HAB)occurring at the time. Search of NOAA, Texas, and Florida HAB sites showed no occurrence. MSU Morgan City was advised of the negative finding via telecon. The SSC also provided advice on how to identify oil and distinguish oil from false positives during aerial observation. No further products were requested.
On June 8, 2014, the USCG Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Santa Barbara notified the NOAA SSC of the sunken barge NASH. The barge, loaded with 3,900 MT of liquid magnesium chloride, partially sank while under tow approximately 3 NM West of Point Conception, CA. The barge also contained oils and fuels associated with the barge’s machinery.
On June 3, 2014, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a leaking underwater natural gas supply line near Nikiski, AK. The USCG requested scientific support to help establish a safety zone while the leak is repaired.
On May 28, 2014, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC about an unknown amount of crude oil discharged from a pipeline in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 9 miles southeast of Venice, LA.
On May 27, 2014, the NOAA Marine Debris Program requested a trajectory analysis for an upside-down 18 ft boat reported floating 8 miles off the Queets River in Washington State. The boat is likely debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami.