On September 17, 2019, the USCG Sector Honolulu reports that a 41-foot longliner was on fire approximately 6 miles south of Oahu, Hawaii. Initial reports were that the vessel had 3000 gallons of diesel aboard, but that volume has been adjusted down to about 1700 gallons. A trajectory analysis was requested in the event of a release. Based on current and forecast weather conditions, no oil would be expected to reach the shoreline.
On September 11, 2019, the USCG received a report of an unknown dark product around the paddle boat NATCHEZ IVO mile marker 96 in the Mississippi River. A Coast Guard overflight confirmed the dark product and sheen moving downstream along the left descending bank for approximately ¼ mile. USCG was unable to identify a responsible party and accessed the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to hire an OSRO. Boom was placed around the impacted area. SSC and RRO will be onsite Sept 11 to assist.
On 10 Sept. 2019 the 50 foot MV ALICE-C, a "live aboard" vessel at the Atlantis Marina in Winthrop, MA sank at it's slip. The vessel was carrying approximately 300-400 gallons of gasoline and 100 gallons of diesel or home heating oil (used to the heat the living space). USCG Sector Boston contacted the NOAA SSC due to the proximity of coastal marsh lands.
On September 8, 2019, the USCG received a report that Lift Boat M/V KRISTIN FAYE was partially submerged due to a punch through of the ocean floor with the lift boats port leg in Main Pass Block 64. 700 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of hydraulic oil onboard with a reported 55 gallons of diesel discharged into the waterway resulting in. 3 mile sheen at time of report.
On September 8, 2019, the USCG Nashville MSD contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a release of crude oil blend from a barge at mile marker 411 within the Bay Springs Lock and Dam on the Tombigbee River near New Site, MS. All oil is believed to be contained within the lock. Barge sustained damage to the #1 cargo tank and is estimated to have released all 6,700 bbls (281,484 gallons).
On September 8, 2019, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC to report a RORO vessel, the Golden Ray had capsized off Brunswick, Georgia. The vessel was on fire. USCG was conducting rescue operations. NOAA will provide an initial trajectory analysis and Resources at Risk report. The NWS is providing spot forecasts for the incident.
On Sept 4 2019, USCG was notified of a benzene release into the Mississippi River at mm 127 from the DOW Chemical facility in Hahnville, LA. DOW reported that the release exceeded the reportable quantity (10 lbs). Cause of the release is unknown.
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division initiated this Response Link Hotline 29 August 2019 to begin cataloging NOAA OR&R response activities associated with Hurricane Dorian.
On the morning of August 27, 2019 at 7:48 a.m., the Coast Guard received a report of the towing vessel Rawhide, sunk in Northport Bay. Local first responders reported an oil sheen near the vessel. Salvage operations have begun.
On 25-AUG-2019, USCG Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach contacted the NOAA SSC regarding the 61' wooden pleasure craft "The Lady" that sank at the dock in Huntington Beach at 1530 hrs. The vessel had a max capacity of 600 gallons diesel on-board and rainbow sheen and a heavy slick were observed between the vessel and the dock. Reportedly, the vessel was still "bubbling up" a few hours later. USCG requested trajectory support for their upcoming response and investigations.
The USCG Sector Chicago was notified of an on-going release of "free cyanide" from the ArcelorMittal facility in Gary, Indiana from their holding lagoon to the Little Calumet River. Sector contacted NOAA for support information on 16 Aug 2019.
On August 15, 2019, the USCG was notified of a crude oil spill from a Time Energy flow line in Cox Bay. A reported 20 bbl have impacted approx 200 x 600ft of marsh. Source is secured and the USCG requested evaluation of potential to conduct an in-situ burn.
On August 13, 2019, the USCG Sector Honolulu notified the NOAA SSC for the Pacific Islands that a disabled pleasure craft approximately 2 nautical miles off Shipwreck Beach in Lanai, Hawaii was being towed to port. No oil had been released but a trajectory forecast was requested in the event of a release of the 800 gallons of diesel aboard. A verbal trajectory assessment was provided.
On 12-Aug-2019, USCG Sector Anchorage reported that the Napakiak School fuel tank farm is at risk from bank erosion along the Kuskokwim River. The potential for discharge is 36000 gallons of home heating oil. Sector requested NOAA assistance in contacting experts and gathering information regarding river bank erosion risk at this location.
S2 Energy Little lake, Turtle Bay, Jefferson Parrish, LA, Parish Governing Authority District 1, LA, USA
On August 09, 2019 at approximately 1459 CDT, Sector New Orleans Incident Management Division (IMD) received NRC#1254713 reporting a discharge of an unknown amount of crude oil into Little Lake, Turtle Bay, Jefferson Parish, from inactive wellhead 2453#4, owned/operated by S2 ENERGY.
On Aug 9, 2019, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a sheen in Terrebonne Bay, LA. A reported 2bbl of Louisiana sweet crude spilled from a Hilcorp facility. Some dark product is contained within boom but a rainbow sheen is escaping containment. USCG requested trajectory.
On August 8, 2019, the USCG Sector New Orleans CDT received a report of a discharge of an estimated 05 barrels of crude oil into South West Pass, Plaquemines Parish, near Joseph Bayou, from a hatch malfunction on a saltwater/oil storage tank at the South Pass 24 W1 Central Facility, owned/operated by Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC). A representative for TPIC stated that upon discovery of the discharge, facility personnel immediately secured source in order to prevent further discharge.
On August 7, 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu contacted the NOAA SSC to request support related to a mystery sheen reported off the China Walls and Spitting Cave area near Hawaii Kai on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. The sheen was reported to USCG as approximately 1 mile long and 20 meters wide, appearing orange/brown in color and looking like emulsified oil. USCG requested an assessment of whether the sheen, if confirmed to be oil, could potentially impact nearby shorelines. A verbal trajectory was provided. After investigation, USCG determined the sheen was of biological origin.
On Friday, August 02, 2019 at 0830 PDT NOAA ERD was notified of a 40 foot fiberglass hull fishing vessel hard aground off Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington. In the early morning hours, the vessel missed a channel marker and grounded on charted pilings from an old structure. As the tide ebbed, the vessel remained stuck and capsized above the pilings. At least one 12-inch crack in the vessel's hull was observed to be leaking fuel. Vessel owner-hired contractors worked with Washington State Department of Ecology to place containment boom around the vessel. The USCG requested a trajectory. The vessel was successfully de-fueled on Saturday (8/3) and removed from the water on Sunday (8/4).
At 0330 on July 31, 2019 a tank with 200 lbs of Hydrofluoric Acid was reported to be leaking onto the ground near Sevenmile Creek. ALOHA plume modeling was requested.