Updated: 51 weeks 4 days ago
On January 14, 2016, the NOAA SSC for Hawaii was notified that two military helicopters had downed approximately 1.5 nm offshore of Haleiwa, Oahu. Each aircraft is presumed to have had about 2000 gallons of JP5 fuel aboard. USCG Sector Honolulu has requested forecasts of the oil trajectory, oil persistence, and likelihood of shoreline impacts.
On January 13, 2016, the FV Yankee, a 38 foot commercial fishing vessel, ran aground 15 NM N of Sitka, Alaska in Neva Strait. USCG Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Sitka is currently conducting a survey of the grounding site. The USCG has requested trajectory and fates analysis and an ESA Section 7 consultation.
On January 12, 2016, the NOAA SSC received a request from USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River for support on product fate and potential downstream impacts from release of denatured alcohol (ethanol) from a barge allision with the Helena Highway Bridge at mile marker 661.7 on the Lower Mississippi River.