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On 22-Jul-2021, USCG was notified that the FV Tyrant experienced engine failure while underway and 25-30 knot winds pushed the vessel hard aground. There is about 50 gallons of diesel, 15 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 7 gallons of lube oil on board. There are no reports of discharge at this time. There were also no reports of catch on board or gear in the water. Sector Anchorage is making notifications only at this time and not yet requesting products.
On July 20, 2021, the USCG contacted the NOAA SSC about ongoing discharge at an old chicory plant. The USCG was visiting the site to determine if the owner has taken actions to mitigate known sources of pollution entering the Black River. This hotline was opened to capture information in case of future requests.
On 19-Jul-2021, NOAA/NESDIS issued a Marine Pollution Surveillance Report (MPSR) for a possible oil anomaly that was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed as oil. Sector Anchorage has requested NOAA to ascertain whether or not this potential oil slick could come ashore.
On July 19, 2021, the USCG D14 and Sector Honolulu notified the NOAA SSC that the Navy reported a release of 100 gallons of diesel fuel from a pipeline at K10 pier in Pearl Harbor due to equipment failure. The fuel was released into the water but was contained by boom. The Navy applied absorbents to clean up the spill. No wildlife was reported to be impacted. USCG reported from on-scene that there was no indication of seabirds, monk seals, or sea turtles in the area. Trustees were notified. No NOAA support was requested.
On 18-Jul-2021, the FV Mount Pavlof hit a rock a sank at Pt. Alava near Ketchikan. The vessel is likely broken up with 600 gallons of diesel on board. Wooden hulled. Sunk in approximately 250 feet water depth. MSD Ketchikan is requesting fates and trajectory analysis and sensitive area information.
On July 16, 2021, the USCG Sector SOO notified SSC of a recreational vessel on fire in the sanctuary. 2 people were rescued and transported to EMS. There is no description of the vessel or on scene confirmation of sheen in the water. Opening the hotline to prepare for more information coming. Notification to sanctuary completed.
On 15-JUL-2021, USCG Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach contacted their NOAA SSC regarding the 65’ pleasure craft GODFATHER that was partially sunk and drifting, roughly 1 mile off Seal Beach, CA. She is believed to be carrying roughly 500 gallons diesel on board, though no sheening has been observed, and is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Seal Beach by 2100 hrs this evening. USCG requested a hypothetical “what if” trajectory under two scenarios: 1) if the vessel contacts shore and begins to leak, and 2) if it sinks while at anchor offshore where fuel offloading may be attempted.
On 15-JUL-2021, USCG Sector San Diego contacted their NOAA SSC regarding the sunken pleasure craft RELENTLESS that had caught fire and sank roughly 7 miles off Carlsbad, CA in roughly 1,600 feet of water. The vessel had a maximum capacity of 750 gallons diesel and some sheening had been observed from a USCG aircraft after the vessel sank. USCG requested information on oil fate & transport
On July 13, 2021, the NOAA SSC was notified of the sinking of a 79ft vessel being towed from Blaine to Bellingham, WA near Squalicum Harbor. An unknown about of Red dye diesel was seen in the water with the potential to have a total of 100gal. USCG has a vessel on scene that pulled three people out of the water, and an over flight is scheduled. NOAA is working with Washington Ecology and Department of Fish and Wildlife to produce a Resources at Risk.
On July 11, 2021, the NOAA SSC received a call from Sector Columbia River about a 580 foot long bulk carrier that had run aground in low tide in the Columbia River about a mile down stream of the Louis and Clark Bridge. A tug is was standing by to assist with refloating the carrier at high tide. The NOAA SSC provided a verbal resources at risk assessment.
On July 9, 2021, the USCG Sector Detroit called the SSC to review photos taken from an overflight of suspected algal matter on the water surface. The USCG had received reports of an anomaly and conducted an overflight on Thursday, July 8th at 1700 to photograph the anomaly. The anomaly was confirmed to be algae and was supported by observations published on the NOAA NCCOS website.
On the morning of 09-JUL-2021, a sailing vessel reported a large area of sheen roughly 4.5 miles offshore and 11 miles NW of Point Piedras Blancas. The reporting party indicated that it covered a large area, extending “beyond what the eye can see, it took 15 minutes to sail… through and it is a rainbow sheen with sludge in it.” (from NRC Report No. 1310177). USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to discuss the report, as natural oil seeps are known to be in the area. A USCG overflight was scheduled and Sector SF was interested if NOAA NESDIS might have suitable satellite imagery covering that area.
On the night of Saturday July 3, 2021, The Dalles Marina suffered a dock fire that destroyed a number of deckhouses. Boom was placed around the debris to collect any oil or debris. NOAA SSC was notified July 6 and asked for advice on environmental cleanup resources.
On July 3, 2021, the NOAA SSC received notification from the state of Texas Scientific Support Coordinator that a two barge collision had occurred in the turning basin at Port Isabel, TX. The collision has resulted in a continuous release of gasoline estimated to be 5-10 gallons per minute.
On July 2, 2021, a Boeing 737 cargo aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed into the ocean approximately two to three miles off of White Plains Beach in Mamala Bay off the south side of Oahu in 150 to 250 feet of water. Both pilots on board were rescued by USCG and local fire department responders. The crash resulted in the potential discharge of jet fuel A. The upper estimate of potential jet fuel onboard at the time of the crash was 2000 gallons. Debris and some sheen have been reported on-scene. An assessment of fuel fate and movement was requested.
On the morning of Thursday July 1, 2021 around 1000 the NOAA SSC received a notification from the NW RRT member of a 300 gal copper solution spill (biocide CuSol-5) to Hedges Creek approx. 3 miles from where it feeds into the Tualation River. Oregon DEQ have been working on the situation since the previous afternoon and have requested any additional information on the chemical and resources at risk for the area.
At 0900 on June 30th, Great Lakes SSC was notified about an industrial fire in South Chicago by IL EPA. The incident occurred on June 29th, at an old papermill with suspected lithium batteries stored in the facility. An evacuation order was issued and fire fighters utilizing foam to extinguish the flame. SSC connected IL EPA to NWS WFO Chicago hydrologist for river local forecasts.
On June 29, 2021, the USCG Sector New Orleans received a report of approximately 5bbls of crude oil being discharged from the Wapiti Operating Manila Village #1 Marine Transfer Facility into the waterway known as Spoon Bill Bay, which is in the area of Mud Lake. A tank overfilled and a rainwater drain plug failed on secondary containment, which allowed an estimated 5bbls of crude oil to be discharged into the waterway.
On 28 JUN USCG Sector Mobile IMD notified SSC of a mystery spill in the vicinity of Biloxi Back Bay. Approximately 500 feet of shoreline (marsh) impacted by dark oil (possibly motor oil, lube oil). No known source identified. USCG opened the Fund (OSLTF) and hired a local contractor (E3). Spill contained and cleanup ongoing. SSC is advising on cleanup techniques.
On June 23, 2021, USCG Sector New Orleans received a report of 9 mile-long silver and rainbow sheen in Main Pass Block 43, several miles to the east of Delta National Wildlife Refuge at 29 14.9N, 089 05.3W. On June 25, 2021, the sheen was reported to be 2nm long. The Responsible Party has not yet been identified and the release is not yet secure. NOAA provided a trajectory and resources at risk.