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On April 14, 2015, the USCG MSU Texas City contacted the NOAA SSC requesting assessment of potential discharge of an oil condensate pipeline currently under repair. The pipeline currently has a pinhole leak and divers are working to locate and repair the leak.
On April 14, 2015, USCG Sector Puget Sound notified NOAA of a sunken pleasure craft that was completely submerged at its slip in Shipyard Cove Marina, Friday Harbor, Washington. The 36ft Grand Bank pleasure craft "SEAWOLF" is estimated to have approximately 400 gallons of diesel on board and is leaking. The vessel location has been boomed.
On April 13, 2015, the USCG Sector Houston notified the NOAA SSC of incident involving the release of 1 bbl of HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) 380 into the Houston Ship Channel during barge transfer operations. Approximately 6 bbls of oil were released to the deck of the vessel and barge during the incident.
On April 11, 2015, the USCG MSU Port Arthur contacted the NOAA SSC requesting a trajectory to follow up on a sheen reported by NESDIS in an Oceanmap report from the evening of April 10. Sheen is reported in the vicinity of Flower Gardens Bank, source and type of oil unknown at this point. A trajectory is being developed and we are cross-referencing location with known oil & gas infrastructure.
On April 10, 2015, the USCG Sector Mobile notified the NOAA SSC of an incident involving a dredge pontoon barge (deck barge) that sank in/near the Inter-coastal waterway (ICW) northeast of Horn Island (approximately 9 miles south of Pascagoula, MS). Report indicates approximately 13 pontoon barges carrying various equipment including 2 gasoline generators and one tender vessel (25ft) with total of approximately 300 gallons of fuel on board. USCG is requesting fate and trajectory information for worst case release. No release has been reported.
On April 9, 2015, the USCG Sector NOLA advised the NOAA SSC of a leaking tank battery near Johnson Pass in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The source is secured and an OSRO is on-site. Coast Guard is sending an overflight. Incident area is near Pass A Loutre WMA.
On April 6, 2015, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City, LA, contacted the NOAA SSC about a mystery sheen reported in the Atchafalya River. The USCG requested an analysis of the potential source and possible connection to an earlier spill.
On April 6, 2015, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC of collision between two deep draft vessels (M/V Privocean and M/V Bravo) in the Lower Mississippi River at River Mile Marker 160. M/V Bravo was transferring a heavy crude oil, and the transfer arms were damaged, spilling an unknown amount of oil into the river.
On April 3, 2015, MSU Cleveland notified the NOAA SSC of an unidentified black oil spill at the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio. First responders reported approximately 1000 gallons of black oil in the water and fouled on ice and along the shoreline. The source has been identified as an outfall located in the marina. USCG requested trajectory, fate, and resources at risk.
On April 1, 2015, a PEMEX oil platform caught fire in southern Gulf of Mexico. The incident is in the Bay of Campeche in Mexican waters. Firefighting is on-going. Media reports a number of fatalities and a large evacuation of workers. The fire occurred at a Pemex dehydration and pumping platform known as Abkatun Permanente.
On March 31, 2015, MSU Port Arthur asked for a trajectory for a NESDIS reported anomaly from a Mar 29 RADARSAT-2 data.
On March 31, 2015, the Towboat Rebecca Lynn reported a hull breach west of the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan. USCG Sector Sault Sainte Marie requested trajectory, fate, and effects for the potential release of the 1500 gallons of diesel onboard.
On March 30th 2015, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a distress call from the Canadian flagged "Liana Ransom," a 65 foot sailing ship (so-called "Tall Ship"). The ship reported her engines were out and the sails were fouled around the mast. The USCG rescued all 9 crew by boat and helicopter. The vessel is carrying approximated 400 gallons of diesel and 20 gallons of gasoline. She remains adrift east of the eastern boundary of the Stellwagan Bank National Marine Sanctuary. She is drifting east on predominantly westerly winds. She is not taking on water.
On March 30, 2015, a fire occurred at the Exxon Mobil refinery, resulting in a unit flaring to the atmosphere. Cause of fire is unknown. Chemicals potentially released include nitrous (or nitrogen) oxide, butadiene, benzene and xylene. Plant was evacuated and they are fighting the fire. No injuries reported.
On march 26, 2015, the F/V NELLIE M. sank in Quileute Marina, La Push, Washington. The vessel has approximately 500-600 gallons of diesel fuel on board and sheen is observed. The vessel is currently boomed and a diving/salvage company is en route to the scene.
USCG Sector Miami contacted the NOAA for trajectory support information based on two separate dark anomalies reported by NESDIS Marine Pollution Surveillance Report on Mar. 21. The anomalies were identified trailing moving vessels in a satellite image from March 20th off the southeast coast of FL. Both anomalies are narrow, elongated, and suspected to be oil based on satellite characteristics including varying widths within relatively strong 20 kt surface wind environment. The dimensions of the northern anomaly is 7.4 miles long by 0.2 miles at its widest. The southern anomaly is 4.6 miles long by 0.1 miles at its widest.
On 18 March 2015, the NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG MSU Baton Rouge regarding a minor but ongoing release of crude oil into the Bayou Sorrell Frog Lake area. The release is believed to be associated with residual oil from abandoned flowlines in the area. As water levels have risen in the last few weeks, the abandoned lines have become submerged and residual oil is suspected to have been mobilized. USCG has initiated containment and recovery operations and has requested assistance with determining the source of the oil.
On March 17, 2015, the USCG Sector New York notified NOAA concerning a fire aboard the M/V Grey Shark, a Ro/Ro (roll on/roll off) carrying cars. Crew are attempting to control the fire. The vessel is currently under tow about 100 miles east of Pt. Pleasant, NJ heading back to NY. It has been reported the ship has a total of 55,000 gallons of several different oils onboard. The USCG has requested trajectory implications for each of two potential anchorages, to decide where best to send the ship when it arrives around 2200 this evening in case of any potential spill. The ship is not currently losing any oil.
On 17 March 2015, the NOAA SSC was contacted by USCG District 8 who requested support for a sunken dredge barge (Jack Adams) located near Greenville, MS. On 05 March 2015, the barge sank and salvage and recovery operations were initiated. On 16 March, the dredge folded in half during salvage operations and No. 2 red dye diesel oil was discharged from vessel and was contained/removed by the oil spill response organization (OSRO) on scene. The remaining potential amount of fuel and petroleum product onboard the sunken vessel is believed to be 2,700 gallons of diesel fuel oil in the starboard tank and lubricating oil in two electric motors and one 55 gallon drum. USCG has requested NOAA SSC support for emergency consultation notifications.
On March 16, 2015, the USCG MSD Ketchikan, AK, contacted NOAA ERD to request a trajectory for a potential diesel fuel spill from the grounded F/V Tonto III. The subject F/V broke free of it's mooring during the weekend, grounded on the shore of Wadleigh Island (along the western shore of Prince of Wales Island) and became flooded on an incoming tide. USCG MSD requested trajectory support in the event of a release.