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Fishing Vessel Sunk off Redondo Beach, CA

Wed, 02/08/2023 - 16:00
On 09-FEB-2023, USCG Sector LA/LB contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support for the 43’ sunken F/V MATADOR off Redondo Beach, CA. The vessel reportedly sank at 0200 hrs on 08-FEB, 1/3 mile offshore, in 170’ of water, with an estimated 50 gallons diesel on-board (max potential 150 gallons).

Oiled Northern Fur Seal Captured, Eliason Harbor, Sitka, AK

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 16:00
On 26-Jan-2023, a northern fur seal was observed swimming in Eliason Harbor in Sitka, Alaska and reported to the NMFS Marine Mammal Stranding network. On 30-Jan-2023 the seal was observed swimming in sheen, was captured and then shipped to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, Alaska. NOAA SSC was requested by NMFS to facilitate the collection and analysis of an oil sample from the seal.

Pleasure Craft Adrift and Sinking, Southwest of Half Moon Bay, CA

Fri, 02/03/2023 - 16:00
On 04-FEB-2023, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC about the 70' yacht SERENITY believed to be carrying 600-700 gallons fuel on board when it began taking on water. People were safely removed from the vessel during a USCG search & rescue (SAR) operation. Sector SF IMD requested a vessel drift estimate.

Missing Diver, West Coast of Guam

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 16:00
On February 1, 2023, the USCG Sector Guam contacted the NOAA SSC in Honolulu in the late afternoon of February 2, Guam time, to ask for assistance with a search and rescue case on the west coast of Guam.

Sunken tug vessel, Conneaut, OH

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 16:00
On January 24, 2023, the NOAA SSC received a series of situation updates from the USCG about the missing tug vessel WILLIAM DORA, believed to have sunk, location uncertain.

Navy Vessel Sunk after Collision with Security Zone Boom, Bangor Trident Base, WA

Sun, 01/22/2023 - 16:00
On Jan-19, 2023, a 36' Navy vessel sank after colliding with the Naval Station Bangor security zone boom. The vessel sank in 150 ft of water with 80 gallons of diesel on board. The USCG contacted the NOAA NW SSC on behalf of the Navy to request a RAR.

Oil Discharge from Platform in Lake Washington, Port Sulphur, LA

Sat, 01/21/2023 - 16:00
On January 22, 2023, the USCG Sector New Orleans contacted the NOAA Regional Response Officer (RRO) of oil discharge from the Lake Washington Central Facility, a platform owned/operated by Hilcorp Energy, in Lake Washington / Lake Grande Ecaille, LA. USCG Sector New Orleans IMD personnel conducted a site visit to the platform and requested a trajectory and fate analysis and RAR.

Mystery Spill in Breton Sound, LA

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 16:00
On January 17, 2023, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a mystery crude oil discharge in Breton Sound, LA. The sheen size is 2 miles long by 150 feet wide. The USCG is concerned about the risk to a couple of islands to the NE of the incident location and requested a trajectory analysis.

Sunken Dredge Barge, MM 85 of the Mississippi River

Sun, 01/15/2023 - 16:00
On January 16, 2023, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a sunken dredge barge "W.D. Wood" at MM 85 in the Mississippi River. The cause of the submerged dredge is unknown. It is estimated that there was 5500 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of hydraulic oil on board at the time of capsizing. The USCG requested trajectory and fate analysis.

Spill from U.S. Naval Vessel during Transfer Operations, Norfolk, VA

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 16:00
On January 13, 2023, the USCG Sector Virginia and US Navy notified the NOAA SSC that the USS MESA VERDE spilled an estimated 100 gallons of unknown oil due to a valve being left open during transfer operations at Norfolk Naval Station Pier 9.

Barge Collision, Lower Mississippi River, Angola, LA

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 16:00
On January 9, 2023, the USCG Sector Lower MS (SLMR) contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a head-on collision between two towing vessels in the vicinity of mile marker 311 on MS River (near Angola, LA). The cause of the collision was reported as miscommunication of passing arrangements between the vessel ITV CAROL MCMANUS, pushing a total of 42 barges, and the ITV BIG D, pushing a total of 19 barges( 16 Dry cargo & 03 with ethanol. One of the ethanol barges suffered a 12 X 6-inch puncture above the waterline on the port bow corner. No reports of pollution or injuries, but estimated maximum worst case discharge (WCD) of 13,000 gallons of ethanol based upon location of damage. The USCG requested a fate and effects analysis and hazard assessment for the worst-case discharge.

Derelict Tug Sheening on Black River, Lorain, OH

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 16:00
On January 5th at 1044 eastern time, Great Lakes SSC was notified by USCG MSU Cleveland of a known derelict vessel moored on the Black River in Lorain, OH actively sheening. CG is on scene and observed emulsified oil in the vessel. An OSRO is en route to boom the vessel and work with the USCG to develop a plan for dewatering. The USCG requested Resources at Risk for the Black River.

Inspected Tow Vessel (ITV) Taking on Water, Port of Milwaukee, WI

Mon, 01/02/2023 - 16:00
On January 3, 2023, the NOAA SSC received notification of the ITV MICHIGAN taking on water at the Port of Milwaukee. The vessel is moored in 24-26 feet of water, a weathered sheen has been observed, the vessel response plan is activated and T&T Marine Salvage LLC is on scene deploying boom. The marine casualty is classified as a serious marine incident due to damage estimates exceeding $200,000. Sector Lake Michigan requesting trajectory for worst-case discharge of 14,000 gallons of marine diesel.

Tank Battery Spill, Port Sulphur, LA

Mon, 12/26/2022 - 16:00
On December 23, 2022, the USCG received notification of an approximate 30bbl spill of crude oil from a WCC Energy tank battery in Port Sulphur, LA. Approximately 2 miles of an adjacent canal have been significantly impacted. On December 27, the USCG notified NOAA and later requested NOAA on-scene support.

Discharge from Ingleside Dock 5, Ingleside, TX

Mon, 12/26/2022 - 16:00
On December 24, 2022, a crude oil spill occurred at Ingleside Dock#5 (NRC#1355879, 1355881, 135599) in Corpus Christi. TX. The volume was originally estimated at 3,800 gallons but was later updated to 14,000 gallons. Some of the oil remained in secondary containment, a portion was discharged into La Quinta Channel and transported to the dredge spoil islands south and southwest of the discharge location. On December 27, 2022, Sector Corpus Christi contacted NOAA SSC with a request to support consultation activities. NOAA SSC provided an initial verbal assessment, followed by a written assessment on December 28.

Beech C90 King Air airplane crash, Hawaii

Tue, 12/20/2022 - 16:00
On December 15, 2022, a Beech C90 King Air airplane crashed into the ocean between Hawaii and Maui. The NTSB is investigating the accident. Through radar information and an eyewitness in another airplane, NTSB has established the likely crash location. The NTSB has asked for assistance with any information on the actual depths near this location and the likely ocean current history from the time of the accident forward a few hours.

UTV Candace Allision; Bolivar Peninsula, TX

Wed, 12/14/2022 - 16:00
On December 15, 2022, the UTV (Uninspected Towing Vessel) Candace struck a submerged anchor, damaged her hull, and began taking on water. None of the crew was injured. Oil was observed in the area of the damaged hull; a discharge is likely but the amount is unknown. The maximum potential of fuel on board is 32,704 gallons of diesel, 862 gal lube oil, and 2,028 gallons of miscellaneous fuel. The hull was temporarily patched and the vessel was towed to Sabine, TX.