Updated: 22 hours 48 min ago
On November 10, 2020, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC that an 88-foot steel hull fishing vessel is grounded near the entrance to the Altamaha River on a sand bar. The vessel has a capacity of 33000 gallons and is thought to have 15000 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. No pollution reported at this time. Salvage plans are being developed and anticipated to begin tomorrow morning.
On November 10, 2020, the NOAA RRO was contacted by USCG Sector New Orleans requesting fate and trajectory for a potential release from a beached 70ft shrimping vessel F/V Three Pigeons. The USCG reported that the vessel was on fire and was purposefully beached at Grand Isle State Park with 3000 gallons fuel diesel fuel onboard.
At 11:30am on 7 November 2020, USCG Sector Northern New England notified the NOAA SSC that the FV LOBSTER MANIA, which was involved in a SAR case, is partially submerged and leaking diesel fuel, 17 nmi due east of Jonesport, Maine. Vessel has an estimated 500 gallons of fuel on board. USCG requested a trajectory.
On November 1, 2020, the USCG Sector New Orleans received a report of oiled shoreline and a 1mile x 60ft light sheen in Grand Bay. Lobo Operating is conducting an investigation. NOAA determined this event is not likely related to the Saratoga Lobo Black Bay Spill (previous RL report).
On November 1, 2020, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC that S2 Energy had identified a service riser slowly discharging oil south west of East Timbalier Island. A 4-mile sheen with a dark product extended to the southeast. No shoreline impacts observed. Source secure. NOAA provided trajectory.
On November 1, 2020, the USCG Sector Detroit requested a Resources at Risk and Best Management Practices for removing an abandoned vessel in the marshy area of St. Clair Flats. The vessel was a SAR case about 1.5months ago (date is an estimate) and the owner is not taking action. An estimated 100gals of gasoline is onboard, the vessel is a 30' Sea Ray.
Hurricane Zeta (28 OCT 20) impacted Saratoga Resources Test Facility (NWF561) operated by Lobo Operating (NRC Report # 1291052). An estimated 500bbl crude oil was lost from one of three tanks on the platform. The remaining two tanks are damaged but only one tank continues to discharge. The leaking tank contains approximately 57bbl crude oil and 557bbl produced water. The tank is discharging onto the platform and into the water. Sheen is minimal. USCG has not identified any areas of shoreline impact. NOAA providing fate/trajectory and resources at risk.
On October 28, 2020, NOAA's Emergency Response Division opened this hotline to capture information on Hurricane Zeta. The current forecast calls for Zeta to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southeast Louisiana by late this afternoon. This system will bring a multi-hazard threat to the area and significant impacts are expected across portions of SE LA and S MS. The SSC has made arrangements with RPI and Spatial Data Branch to ensure Arc Collector is available for USCG use post-landfall.
On October 26, 2020, the USCG Sector LA/LB contacted their NOAA SSC about the pleasure craft M/V WILD WAVE that was aground on Descanso Beach, in Avalon, CA (Santa Catalina Island). USCG reports that the vessel has a potential of 200 gallons of diesel on board. It is likely to break up before the vessel can be recovered. Sector LA/LB requested a hypothetical "what if" trajectory in the event a spill occurs.
On October 21, 2020, NOAA was notified of a spill from the SS Thomas Heyward Liberty Ship, now an artificial reef located southwest of Destin East Pass, FL. In September, sport divers reported oil sheen on the water surface and black "oil - like" substance flowing from the deck of the ship and the Okaloosa county diver conducted an inspection of the artificial reef and collected samples. Now, USCG requested NOAA assistance in identifying whether the ship is related to the Johnson Beach spill, reported after Hurricane Sally made landfall.
On October 19, 2020, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC that an unknown volume of oil from an unknown source had come ashore at Lewes State Park, Delaware. At least one mile of shoreline has been impacted with tar balls and tar patties. Sector Delaware Bay intends to conduct a more formal shoreline assessment.
On October 18, 2020, the NOAA SCC was notified of an incident in western Lake Superior, where a tug vessel was towing a smaller tug vessel that broke free and sank at 0100 on 18OCT2020. The sunken tug is 45ft long, max potential pollution on board is 400 gallons of diesel and 10 gallons of lube oil.
On the morning of Friday 16 OCT 2020, a 32 foot wooden vessel sank along a pier in La Conner Marina. A residual sheen was seen around the vessel, boom and pads were deployed. There is a potential for a small diesel spill from storage aboard the vessel. The vessel is scheduled to be raised around 1600. Resources at risk were requested.
On 16 Oct 2020, NOAA was asked by the US National Response Team to provide trajectory, resources at risk, and fate information in the event of a spill from the tanker Nabarima, a floating storage and offloading unit (FSO), moored in the Gulf of Paria between Venezuela and Trinidad. At this point, a release has not occurred (to our knowledge). The vessel has an estimated 1.1 million barrels of light crude oil aboard.
On the morning of 14 OCT 2020, SSC was notified of black waste oil discharging from F/V ALASKA CHIEFTAN. Located on the freshwater side of the Ballard Locks in Salmon Bay, USCG is on scene and says the spill is mostly contained. Request for a resources at risk.
On October 13, 2020, NESDIS issued two Marine Pollution Surveillance Reports noting anomalies (potential oil) at facilities in Trinity Bay, Texas. NOAA SSC forwarded MPSRs to Sector Houston-Galveston. Duty teams will follow up
On October 13, 2020 a light sheen was noted near the Genesis Energy G03302 unmanned platform located in High Island Block 330. The platform produces natural gas, and the sheen is believed to be due to a 2,000 gallon diesel tank on the platform deck. Platform is located approximately 112 nm offshore and remains shut in following Hurricane Delta. MSU Texas City requested evaluation of potential shoreline impact. Small diesel fact sheet provided.
On October 6, 2020, Hurricane Delta was heading towards southeastern Louisiana and expected to make landfall as a category 2 hurricane. NOAA ERD opened this Hotline to capture coordination efforts with USCG D8 and Sectors New Orleans and Mobile as well as States and EPA.
On October 4, 2020, NOAA ERD opened this Hotline to capture information regarding a potential spill in the Kamchatka region of the Russian Federation. Pollution was reported in the coastal zone near Khalaktyrsky beach, where, according to local residents, a massive stranding of sea animals was seen on the shore. Later, phenol and oil products were identified in three more areas of the Avachinsky Bay in the Kamchatka region. At this time, U.S. agencies have not been activated and there are no known impacts to U.S. waters. Information only.
On October 3rd, 2020 at 1315, a mystery sheen was reported to the SSC by MSU Chicago. A trajectory of where the sheen is moving was requested.