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Fishing Vessel Grounding Bastian Bay, LA-23, Buras, LA 70041, USA

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- Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:00
On November 8, 2017, a 36 ft fishing vessel ran aground in Bastian Bay, LA. 70 gallons of marine diesel were potentially discharged along with an additional 4, 55-gallon drums containing diesel. The USCG contacted the NOAA SSC to request trajectory/fate of discharged diesel and trajectory of orphaned drums.

UTV MELVIN L. KING UAN barge MM 711 Ohio River, Cloverport, KY 40111, USA

Incident News

- Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:00
On November 18, 2017, the USCG Sector Ohio Valley contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a fate and effects analysis of a sunken barge on the Ohio River carrying 3200 tons of liquid fertilizer (urea ammonium nitrate).

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- Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:50

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Floating drum, San Francisco Bay, CA, USA

Incident News

- Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:00
On the afternoon of 14-NOV-2017, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC about a floating drum with unknown contents reported near Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. Sector San Francisco requested a drift estimate to assist their small boat crew in trying to re-locate the floating drum.

Mystery sheen, San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

Incident News

- Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:00
On the morning of 12-NOV-2017, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to relay a report of a mystery sheen in San Francisco Bay. Reported by a barge worker at 0711 hrs, the sheen was described as being 100’ by 2 miles and smelling of diesel fuel. USCG requested trajectory support.

Noranda Alumina Diesel Spill, LA-44, Edgard, LA 70049, USA

Incident News

- Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:00
On November 10, 2017, the USCG notified NOAA regarding a release of 200 gallons of non-marine diesel into the Mississippi River from the Noranda Alumina facility in Louisiana located between river mile markers 142 and 143. The USCG requesting fate and trajectory.

FV Anne Row, 164-198 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA

Incident News

- Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:00
On November 9, 2017, the FV Anne Row grounded near Eastpoint Lighthouse in Gloucester MA, due to loss of power. The crew was rescued without injury. No release was reported. USCG requested oil fate and behavior information pending an attempt to refloat the vessel

Platform Hidalgo hydraulic fluid spill, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA

Incident News

- Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:00
On November 8, 2017, the USCG Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Santa Barbara contacted their NOAA SSC to report a spill of 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid on Platform Hidalgo (off Point Conception, just west of Santa Barbara Channel), of which 20 gallons were reported to have entered the water. According to the NRC report, the release occurred at 0640 hrs on 08-NOV-2017, resulted in a 0.5 mile X 15’ sheen, and conditions were calm. USCG requested trajectory support.

Lake Pagie B-1 ISB, 3051 Bayou Dularge Rd, Theriot, LA 70397, USA

Incident News

- Sun, 11/05/2017 - 16:00
On November 7, 2017, the USCG in Houma, LA, contacted NOAA regarding a proposed insitu burn in the Lake Pagie field. Current estimated quantity of release is 10 barrels. Containment boom is deployed around the impacted area.

F/V Ben & Casey Sunken Vessel, South Padre Island

Incident News

- Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:00
On October 30, 2017 the F/V Ben & Casey, a steel hulled fishing vessel, sank, with a potential 14,000 gallons of marine diesel on board. Vessel is in 62 ft of water, approximately 4 miles offshore of South Padre Island, and approximately 10 miles north of the Mexican border. No discharge currently reported. On October 31, USCG District 8 and Sector Corpus Christi requested fate and trajectory for diesel fuel on board.

Tug CALEB, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA

Incident News

- Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:00
On 25-OCT-2017, the USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support for an "old" grounded tug boat in Half Moon Bay, CA. The 60-foot long Tug CALEB had been at anchor in Half Moon Bay but dragged anchor during recent heavy wave conditions. The USCG estimates there may be 3,000-5,000 gallons of mixed oily liquids on board. As USCG develops a plan to address the vessel, they have requested oil fate & transport support to assess the potential risks to local resources in the event that a spill occurs in the coming weeks.

F/V Saint Paul Grounding, Moses Lake, Texas City, TX 77590, USA

Incident News

- Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:00
On October 25, 2017, the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Texas City, TX, contacted the NOAA RRO regarding a grounded fishing vessel in the vicinity of Moses flood gate, within a high Priority Protection Area. There has not been a discharge from the vessel at this time. USCG is requesting natural resource detail support and information regarding potential (if any) ESA issues.

LOBO Pipeline Leak, Grand Bay LA 70091, USA

Incident News

- Sun, 10/22/2017 - 17:00
On October 23, 2017, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted the NOAA RRO regarding a pipeline leak in Grand Bay. The USCG requesting trajectory forecast and fate as well as potential resources at risk in the area.

Crane Barge TOPS DB1 T.O.W. Allision, West Cameron Block 198A, LA

Incident News

- Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:00
On October 22, 2017, the USCG contacted the NOAA RRO regarding a barge that allided with a platform being dismantled in West Cameron Lease Block 198A . The personnel that were aboard have been transferred safely, however the barge remains stationary alongside the platform. USCG are requesting a trajectory and fate, as well as a potential Resources at Risk.

Barge on Fire, Port Aransas Anchorage

Incident News

- Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00
On October 20, 2017, a barge caught fire in the Port Aransas anchorage area. It is still on fire. Barge is carrying 133,000 bbls crude oil of a type unknown. At this time, extent of discharge is unknown. Location is approximately 3 miles off the beach on the Gulf side. Sector Corpus has contacted NOAA SSC and requested trajectory.

Oil Platform Fire, Lake Pontchartrain, LA

Incident News

- Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:00
On October 15, 2017, an oil platform in southwestern Lake Pontchartrain exploded and caught fire. Platform produces both natural gas and oil. Lines were shut in at time of explosion. Approximately 500 bbls of South Louisiana crude are in tanks on the platform. Unknown how much may have been consumed in the blaze. Sector New Orleans has requested a trajectory, and resources at risk. NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge is running air plume modelling.

Southern Belle - Sunken Fishing Vessel, Sabine Pass, TX

Incident News

- Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:00
On October 13, 2017, the Southern Belle, a fishing vessel, sank outside the eastern jetty of Sabine Pass. The vessel had a reported tank capacity of 5,000 gallons (marine diesel), amount onboard at time of sinking unknown. Sheening near vessel has been observed. Fate, trajectory, and resources at risk requested.

Mississippi Canyon 209 Pipeline Discharge, Offshore Louisiana

Incident News

- Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:00
On October 13, 2017, a discharge of 49.2 gallons of crude oil/saltwater mix occurred from a pipeline in Mississippi Canyon 209. Pipeline has been shut in, and RP (LLOG Exploration) is deploying an ROV to evaluate repair needs. MSU Morgan City requested an analysis of sheen fate and direction. Phone support provided.

Tar matt on GrandIsle Beach, 2258 LA-1, Grand Isle, LA 70358, USA

Incident News

- Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:00
On October 12, 2017, the USCG Sector New Orleans and USCG MSU Houma contacted the NOAA RRO regarding a tar mat and stranded oil observed along a beach on Grand Isle. The USCG requested hind cast, tides, and winds.

Vessel Aground, Honolulu, HI, 1001 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Incident News

- Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:00
On October 11, 2107, the USCG Sector Honolulu contacted the NOAA's ERD Oceanographer on Duty to report a vessel that went aground 400 yards from the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. The USCG requested a trajectory for a potential release of 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The vessel also has 50 gallons of lube oil on board.

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