On June 30, 2022, Sector Corpus Christi requested NOAA SSC support in reviewing a request to discharge ballast water from a deep-sea semi-submersible rig that has been grounded at Kiewit Offshore Services in Ingleside, Texas.
On June 28, 2022, the USCG Sector Columbia River notified NOAA NW SSC of a WWII Subchaser SC-772 that sank at the pier. The vessel is a 110-foot wooden-hulled vessel that was undergoing restoration. There is a maximum potential of approx. 8,000 gallons vegetable oil on board the vessel, the RP is reporting approx. 500 gallons were on board. No sheen or release has been observed. The USCG is requesting a RAR and trajectory.
On June 28, 2022, NOAA Fisheries received a report of a dead entangled killer whale floating approx. 30 miles offshore Southwest of Newport, Oregon and contacted the NOAA NW SSC to request a drift model to see if the whale will go ashore and where they may be able to locate it for sampling.
Reports of "masses of gooey, kind of oily white particles" washing up onto the beaches of St George Island began on 8-Jun-2022. Several local observers have reported via email a white substance stranded on the shoreline. The NOAA SSC was included in the reports. Samples and photographs were taken to help determine the type of material.
On June 18 the 72' MV TOO ELUSIVE caught fire off Portsmouth, NH. The vessel ended up sinking approximately. 1.5nm SE of the coast of Portsmouth. A diesel sheen was seen at the time, but did not last long. The NOAA SSC was contacted by Maine DEP amd the USCG on June 25 and briefed on salvage operations. NWS began providing site specific weather forecasts on June 29 for June 30 salvage. No additional information is requested at this time.
On June 23 2022, USCG Sector New Orleans IMD notified SSC of a 20-gallon crude oil spill discharge in Main Pass 21. Discharge has been secured and WCC Energy Group is the owner-operator. The location of the platform is 29.5641N, -89.3358W, in Breton Sound. Reported 2-mile x 600 feet silver sheen with 25 ft x 50 ft dark oil in the center. USCG requested a trajectory for discharge. USFWS was notified and was provided the NOAA trajectory. Based on current information we do not anticipate shoreline impact from this spill.
On June 19, 2022, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC regarding a discharge of an unknown amount of an unknown oil from an unknown source in a drainage canal located along the Lower Mississippi River and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, in St. Bernard Parish, LA. USCG on-site response personnel report a strong fuel smell and an 8-10ft alligator in the area along with several sheens ranging from 1nm to 4nm long within the canal. Valero Energy initiated response actions. USCG requested NOAA on-site support.
On June 21, 2022, the USCG Sector Columbia River contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a discharge from the 68’ commercial fishing vessel F/V Townsend. The vessel was taking on water for unknown reasons and the engine room was flooded. As the vessel was dewatered, diesel fuel was also pumped overboard. There is maximum potential for 10,000 gallons diesel. The vessel ran out of fuel and was towed to Grays Harbor. The USCG requested a trajectory and fate of the diesel
On the evening of 20-JUN-2022, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to discuss a potential diesel spill from the tank barge MONTEREY towed by the Tug APACHE. Reportedly, the aft portion of the MONTEREY contacted the entrance channel jetty as the tug & barge were departing Humboldt Bay, CA for Coos Bay, OR. The barge is carrying 40,000 bbls of diesel, and is holding station roughly 14NM NW of the Eureka entrance buoy with no indications of a release at this time. As local weather deteriorates, re-entering Humboldt Bay may pose some risk, so USCG is requesting fate & trajectory information to support COTP decision regarding tug & barge transit options.
On 17-Jun-2022, the 89-foot FV Pacific Sounder ran aground on the west end of Unimak Island at Sennett Point. The vessel has approximately 21000 gallons of diesel on board. The crew abandoned the vessel. Resolve Marine is responding.
On 18-JUN-2022, USCG Sector Columbia River notified NOAA SSC of a 42’ fishing vessel on fire off the coast of Manzanita Beach, OR. There is potential for 800 gallons of diesel on board. The vessel is still on fire, persons on board abandoned the vessel, and the Coast Guard has established a safety perimeter. The USCG is concerned with the vessel drifting towards shore and potential release. A trajectory and Resources at Risk were requested.
On June 15, 2022, the E-Crane barge AMBITION sank approximately 18 miles south of the Louisiana coast while in tow. A 200ft sheen was reported. The worst-case discharge is 1,800 gallons of diesel and 800 gallons of lube oil. The USCG requested NOAA prepared a trajectory for a potential worst-case discharge.
On June 13, 2022, the USCG Sector Columbia River contacted the NOAA SSC to report the wooden-hulled 60’ F/V Billie dragged anchor and was soft aground on the West side of Louis Island on the Columbia River. There is a maximum potential of 1200 gallons of diesel on board, there is no observed release of product at this time. The USCG Cutter Terrapin is nearby and monitoring the vessel’s condition. The USCG is requesting an ESI and preliminary Resources at Risk.
On June 3, 2022, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC for Florida and the Caribbean that the 300-foot tanker M/V Cetus under the Comoros flag sank on 27 May 130 NM NW of Aruba in the central Caribbean Sea. Many details on the sinking and vessel cargo are still being gathered. A report of a 6 by 8 NM slick was reported by the Caribbean Dutch Coast Guard on 27 May. Jamaica has formally requested support from the U.S. NRT including satellite imagery and trajectory products from NOAA.
In February of 2022, two separate discharges occurred in Apollo Energy's Cameron Marsh oil field. A flow line elbow discharged a reported 5.5 bbls of crude oil. A pipeline discharged a reported 3 bbls of crude oil and 12 bbls of salt water. Recovery of the oil was conducted using boom and sorbent. In June 2022, the marsh was resurveyed and liquid oil remained at both sites. The USCG Marine Safety Unit in Port Arthur, TX, contacted the NOAA SSC for input on further recovery options including in-situ burning.
On May 26, 2022, an estimated 129 gallons of drilling mud was discharged from an unmanned platform in the High Island 582 block owned by Cox Operating (NRC#1337043). MSU Texas City contacted NOAA SSC for input on fate, trajectory and potential impact to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Phone support provided. Additionally , MSU Texas City asked for input as to whether a unknown sheen reported in NRC#1337165 was potentially connected. Phone support provided, along with follow-up email.
On 25 May 2022, the USCG Sector Virginia notified the NOAA SSC that a 90-foot motor yacht was taking on water and likely to sink just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The vessel has 1400 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. Sector requested trajectory and resources at risk.
On May 23, 2022, the USCG Marine Safety Unit Cleveland notified the NOAA SSC that the vessel American Courage was aground in Fairport OH. No pollution has been observed or reported at this time. A lightering plan is currently being reviewed and tug support is standing by to remove the vessel from shallow water. The USCG is requesting trajectory support.
On 23 May 2022, USCG Sector Delaware Bay notified the NOAA SSC that a barge loaded with scrap metal was on fire as a result of getting struck by lightning during a storm event on Sunday evening, 22 May 2022. Marine fire fighting teams are on-scene. USCG Sector Delaware Bay has requested technical and scientific support from SSC.
On 21 May 2022 USCG Sector Mobile contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a vessel fire and sinking about 4 miles offshore of Gulfport, MS in MS Sound. SSC provided fate and forecast for the potential discharge of 600 gallons of diesel.