Updated: 14 min 48 sec ago
On February 23, 2021, the NOAA SSC was notified by the Virginia DEQ about a tanker truck accident on Rt 17 in Essex County, VA. that spilled 6500-7000 gallons of waste vegetable oil into Lewis Creek, which is a tributary to the Rappahannock River. VADEQ requested scientific support.
On February 21, 2021, the USCG Marine Safety Detachment in Nashville, TN, notified the NOAA SSC of a barge caught against a railroad bridge pier on the Tennessee River. The ITV BEARCAT was pushing 8 hopper barges upbound at MM 591.5 TNR (Loudon, TN (just north of Route 11 bridge) when they stalled due to a strong head current just after passing under the Southern R/R Bridge (LLNR 30375) and the master lost control. The tow began to top around and laid up against the bridge piers (upstream side). The tow is not blocking the channel. USCG Sector Ohio requested (and NOAA SSC provided) hazard analysis on cargo and may request assistance with consultation, RAR, etc. pending further development of the incident.
USCG Sector Columbia River notified SSC the evening of 20-Feb-2021 that the 38’ aluminum hulled F/V Coastal Reign capsized and is grounded on the South Jetty of Tillamook Bay, Oregon. There is a maximum potential of 900 gallons of diesel, with an estimated 600 gallons on the vessel. A sheen is observed in the water.
On 18-Feb-2021, NOAA SSC was notified by USCG Sector Anchorage of a fuel spill from the school fuel storage tank in the village of Wales on the northern Bering Sea coast. The storage tank contained over 8400 gallons of No. 2 diesel and approximately 1862 gallons have leaked onto the ground. Sector Anchorage is requesting a fates and trajectory analysis, Resources at Risk report, and potentially an ESA Section 7 consultation.
At 0237L on 18-FEB-2021 USCG Sector Puget Sound FOSC notified SSC of a vessel fire on the F/V Aleutian Falcon, a 233’ fish processing vessel owned by Trident Seafoods. The vessel is moored on the Hylebos Waterway, Tacoma, WA. There is a maximum potential for 107,000 gallons of possibly diesel and approx. 10,000 pounds of ammonia on the vessel. Fire departments are on scene. The vessel was pre-boomed.
On the afternoon of 17-FEB-2021 the USCG Sector Columbia River contacted the SSC in regards to a 55-gallon drum with unknown contents that washed up on the Warrenton Jetty Lagoon, Oregon. A Resources at Risk is requested.
On 13-FEB-2021, the USCG Sector Columbia River Incident Management Division notified SSC that the 50-foot F/V Terry F lost propulsion and steering and drifted into the shore break near Ocean Park, Southern Washington. All persons on board were safely evacuated. There are approximately 500 gallons of diesel on board.
On February 10, 2021, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a release of crude oil on February 9, 2021, from an S2 Energy platform in Main Pass 21 due to a saltwater pump malfunction. Approximately 3.5 bbl of crude released into Breton Sound, Louisiana, resulted in a 1mi x 200yds slick. USCG requested fate and trajectory.
At roughly 1500 hrs on 09-FEB-2021, there was a reported release of “intermediate bunker fuel” from a pipeline along the Richmond Long Wharf at the Chevron Refinery. The NRC report (No. 1297669) indicated an estimated release rate of 5 gallons/minute. USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to request trajectory support while Sector pollution response personnel are en route and a USCG overflight is being requested. In the meantime, local news helicopter video footage at roughly 1700 hrs appeared to show no active release, but did show light winds and oil & sheen close to shore just south of the wharf.
On the morning of 8-Feb-2021, the NOAA SSC received an email from the State of Washington Department of Ecology that Barge Shauna Kay, transited from Vancouver, Canada to Tacoma, Washington overnight, had an observed oil sheen. The barge reported to be carrying 40,000 barrels. In an update, soundings indicated approximately 1,100 gallons #6 IFO-380 is unaccounted for. Clean-up crews are currently recovering oil from the barge deck. USCG performed an overflight this morning from Port Angeles to Tacoma and observed no oil in the water. The barge is currently moored at berth #7 in the Sitcum Waterway, Tacoma, WA. USCG requested a Resources At Risk (RAR).
On the afternoon of 3 Feb, USCG MSD Kodiak received a report about a diesel discharge in St. Herman's Harbor. On scene they observed a 300 x 300-foot sheen that was a mix of fresh product and rainbow in color. It was coming from the F/V Seabrook, which was internally transferring product earlier that day. The vessel had a maximum potential discharge based on pumping capacity of150 gallons. The RP has deployed sorbents. USCG is requesting initiation of a Section 7 consultation.
On Wednesday, 27-JAN-2021, a member of the public observed Styrofoam pieces scattered along the shoreline near Fort Funston, just south of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, and reported it to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS). GFNMS staff then contacted NOAA OR&R to inquire whether the foam may have been related to two recent shipping container losses north of the Hawaiian Islands or to containers lost in the general vicinity back in December 2015.
On February 1, 2021, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of an 833-foot laid-up vessel on fire in a marina. Local fire stations on scene and attempting to control the fire from other vessels. The USCG requesting a trajectory for the potential release of 70,000 gallons of light diesel and potential impact to an ice-covered bay.
On the morning of 25-JAN-2021, USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC to report the grounding and sinking of the F/V SUNUP within the entrance channel to Humboldt Bay the previous evening (24-JAN-2021). The 50’ wooden F/V has a maximum fuel capacity of 1,300 gallons, but at the time of sinking, the owner reported her to be carrying roughly 800-900 gallons. On-scene conditions are rough and sheening has been observed during the day. USCG requested trajectory support.
On January 21, 2021, NOAA's Emergency Response Division was notified of a mass loss of shipping containers from the vessel M/V MAERSK ESSEN approximately 455 NM north of Oahu, HI. The 1200-foot ship, with a capacity of 13,100 containers was transiting from China to Los Angeles, CA, and reported that an estimated 732 40-foot containers were lost on 1/16/2021 at position 28-24.7N 154-07.6W. No information available yet on the types of cargo lost.
On January 19, 2021, the USCG Sector New Orleans IMD called NOAA SSC reporting an estimated 10- 20 bbls of crude oil discharged from a flowline owned by TPIC in South Pass 24 in Plaquemines Parish. USCG, State, and RP have agreed on In situ burn as the response method for this incident.
On January 13, 2021, the US Coast Guard from Sector San Juan notified the SSC of a 328 foot LPG tanker, the MV Kempton at Limetree terminal on the south shore of St Croix, USVI that is loaded with 2526 MT of propane (UN1978). USCG reported that a 12-inch diameter pipe on the vessel has several pinhole leaks and the odor and sound of leaking gas is present.
On December 30, 2020, NOAA ERD opened a hotline to document support to BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association) for a Search and Rescue effort in the Bahamas.
On December 26, 2020, the USCG Sector Lower MS contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a grounded, partially sunken tug in the vicinity of MM 830 of MS River near Caruthersville, MO. The vessel was reported to have 2,500 diesel and several hundred gals of lube oil on board. The NOAA SSC requested to provide RAR information and remain on standby for other support as needed.
On December 26, 2020, the USCG MSD Kodiak contacted the NOAA Emergency Response Division regarding a hydraulic fluid spill from the Cutter Spar at the USCG dock in Womens Bay, Kodiak, AK. The release occurred at 11 AM local time. USCG requested a trajectory for an estimated 600 to 650 gallons. Lat Long: 57.729, -152.515.