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On August 31, 2021, the government of Cyprus made an informal request to the US Department of State for assistance in tracking a crude oil spill off the Syrian coast. The State Dept. then notified the National Response Team's International Assistance Subcommittee who contacted NOAA to inquire about satellite reconnaissance to track the slick. Source of the oil is reported to be from a storage tank inside the Baniyas oil refinery.
On August 29, 2021, the USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to report the sinking of the PC PERFECT CAST about 13 NM southwest of Point Reyes. She was taking on water while under tow and reportedly sank around 1300 hrs. The vessel is believed to be carrying 280 gallons of diesel, but there are currently no reports of sheening. USCG requested trajectory support in the event of a release.
This hotline was opened on August 27, 2021, to capture information regarding Hurricane Ida. Ida is expected to make landfall later this week and result in major impacts to coastal Louisiana. As a multi-hazard event with possible involvement of multiple NOS programs, the NOS Disaster Coordination Dashboard has been established for situational awareness, communications, coordination, and documentation across NOS program offices and up to (and through) NOS leadership. Future updates will be provided as the incident evolves.
On August 27, 2021, a citizen reported a full oil drum on the beach north of Nome. USCG will open the fund for removal. The USCG contacted the SSC and requested a list of potential resources at risk if there was a release from the oil drum.
On August 26, 2021, the USCG Sector Juneau reported a vessel that sank (34ft fiberglass fishing vessel with a reported 80 gal of diesel onboard) the night of 22AUG and was unreported until the sole occupant was picked up after six hours in the water. There was not an exact position of the sinking from the reporting source. A visual on the site of the sinking was obtained on 25-Aug with an overflight discovering the sheen, putting the vessel in the back bay of Hobart Bay. Sector Juneau requests NOAA confirmation regarding the persistence of the sheen.
On the late evening of August 25, 2021 the NW SSC was notified of a partially sunken 42 foot derelict vessel in Coal Creek Slough. A rainbow sheen was seen around the vessel and responders have wrapped sorbent sweep around the vessel. USCG is working with DNR and Washington Ecology to refloat the vessel, remove all hazmat and oil, then sink the vessel where it is located during the morning of August 26. NOAA SSC provided the USCG with a verbal resources at risk.
On August 25, 2021, the USCG Sector Northern New England, in partnership with Maine DEP is working an approximately 500 gallon spill from an auto repair facility that flowed through a storm drain into Casco Bay off South Portland, ME. The source has been identified and is secured.
On August 23, 2021, the NOAA SSC was notified by MSU Toledo of a 23ft SeaRay recreational vessel aground on Buckeye Island, Lake Erie. The incident occurred approximately 2 weeks ago, RP is not communicating. The USCG opened the OSLTF to remove an estimated 75-100gallons of gasoline from the vessel. No sheen has been observed. SSC is working with USFWS, SHPO, and TPO for consultations and provided an estimate of fate if a release occurs.
In anticipation of Hurricane Henri making landfall along the southeastern coast of Long Island, NY and then again making landfall along the Connecticut shoreline, a Hot Line has been created for tracking purposes.
On 18 August 2021, USCG Sector New York notified the NOAA SSC that 100-200 gallons of heavy fuel oil from a barge spilled into the Arthur Kill waterway during a fueling operation. at the Phillips 66 refinery. No request for products. SSC provided a verbal description of resources at risk.
USCG D7 is supporting rescue efforts in Haiti following the recent earthquake and tropical storm. On August 18, 2021, the USCG requested that NOAA employ our NESDIS satellite imagery to ascertain if any pollution fallout might be determined that would lead to any response assistance. A request went forward to NESDIS to monitor around Haiti for the next week or two to observe for any indicated spills.
On 18-Aug-2021, the 54' vessel FISH MAGNET ran aground in Monterey Bay. Approximately 1400 gallons of diesel on board. No sheen was observed at the time of grounding. The vessel is in the active surf zone. Sector San Francisco is requesting a fates analysis and trajectory.
On 5-Aug-2021, a sheen was reported at the head of Womens Bay. On 6-Aug-2021, a USCG overflight observed sheen that appears to be caused by an unknown submerged source approximately 30 feet deep. They were able to see the slow bubbling due to the calm water. The source appears to be the 138’ F/V St. Patrick, scallop boat that sunk in 1989, The sheen is a narrow band that's roughly estimated as 300-feet long. USCG has opened the OSLTF. ADEC has requested a resources at risk analysis.
On August 8, a semi-truck accident occurred near Toppenish, Washington. The accident location is reportedly where HWY 97 crosses Toppenish Creek. Both of the saddle fuel tanks of the semi-truck appear to have been compromised, but it is unknown how much diesel fuel has been spilled. The contents of the trailer are reportedly dairy products, including cartons of milk. No NOAA products were requested, this post is just to keep a record of the incident.
On the morning of August 7th, 2021. USCG responded to a 40ft vessel aground near Waikiki Beach, WA. Diesel has been seen in the water with the potential to have 300 gallons spilled. USCG are on scene. A resources at risk was requested.
On August 5, 2021, the USCG MSU Houma contacted the NOAA SSC to report a 1600 gallon condensate discharge discovered at 1130 CST on 04AUG21, and a sheen 6 miles long and 1 mile wide. On 05AUG21 CG received a report at 0830 CST regarding a silvery sheen about 5 miles long, 20 feet wide. Later another sheen of the same description was reported at 1130 local time. USCG requested a trajectory to confirm if the reported sheens are connected to the condensate release.
Overturned Barge "Capt Leo II" Charleston Harbor Yacht Club, 527 Wampler Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
On August 4, 2021, the USCG Sector Charleston notified the Scientific Support Coordinator that a 120-foot barge was overturned at the Charleston yacht club. The barge is actively releasing fuel. Total fuel onboard is 1000 gallons of diesel and 65 gallons of hydraulic fuel. Sorbent boom is deployed at the barge and additional response assets are en route. USCG requested fate and trajectory information.
On the afternoon of 03-AUG-2021, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC regarding a sunken 30' fiberglass pleasure craft JI-ME II. The vessel is reportedly carrying 200 gallons of diesel on board and was observed sheening near the surf zone, just north of Driftwood Beach on Tomales Point. USCG requested information on the likely fate of the diesel.
During the early summer of 2021 Shell Refinery located near Anacortes, Washington has had 4 unknown mystery sheens to date that develop during product transfer operations from deep draft vessels to the refinery. Shell has reported each of the incidents to the USCG. NOAA's assistance has been requested to identify the mystery substance.
On July 22, 2021, the Sector New Orleans IMD notified the NOAA RRO of oil discharge on a cement barge. ES&H and USCG representatives were on scene and reported an estimated 2000 gallons of unknown chemical on the barge and 1500 - 2000 bbls of crude leaking out of a storage container. The responsible party is currently undergoing liquation, so USCG has federalized this case. ES&H has boomed off the site, USCG requested resources at risk and other support.