Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.
This month OR&R responded to 31 incidents, including oil discharges, grounded vessels, and other pollution-related incidents.
Here are some of August's notable incidents:
Fishing Vessel Runs Aground Near Kodiak Island, Alaska
On Aug. 1, a fishing vessel ran aground in Whale Passage near Kodiak Island, Alaska due to an equipment failure that led to loss of power and steerage. The Pacific Jade had 500 gallons of diesel onboard.
NOAA’s assistance was requested to review the response plans to lighter the fuel. The fuel was removed and the vessel was transported back to Kodiak Harbor without any additional incidents.
Mystery Sheen in Buffalo River, New York
On Aug. 14, NOAA received a report of a mystery sheen and product release coming from a storm outfall in Buffalo, New York. The product was contained with pollution boom. NOAA provided a spot forecast and a resources at risk report.
The sheen was later discovered to be the result of oil seeping from the ground and not the storm outfall. The length of time and the amount of oil release are both unknown. Responders continue to work on cleanup operations.
Fishing Vessel Runs Aground in Sitka Sound, Alaska
On Aug. 29, a fishing vessel ran aground on Kulichkof Rock in Sitka Sound, Alaska. The SAAMI was abandoned and then caught fire. It was carrying approximately 500 gallons of diesel at the time of the grounding. NOAA provided a fate and trajectory analysis for any fuel released.
Barge Grounded near Ekuk, Alaska
On Aug. 31, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage was notified of a potential release of diesel fuel into Nushagak Bay from a grounded barge near Ekuk, Alaska. The vessel went aground due to a broken anchor chain in bad weather.
The barge had 5,000 gallons of diesel onboard at the time of the incident. The barge was reportedly blown ashore during a high wind event. The upper decks were severely damaged by wind. There is no sign of any fuel release at this time.
Here is the complete list of last month’s incidents, click on the links to find out more:
- S/V PLAYTIME sunk
- Pacific Jade Aground
- Nome and Savoonga Trash Events
- Gunslinger Vessel Aground
- Humpback Whale Carcass
- M/V WAKASHIO
- SHADUBE II Aground
- HANTA YO Sinking
- Mystery Sheen Main Pass 61
- Main Pass 69A Sheen
- Bayou Bienvenue Vessel Fire
- Helis Oil Well Leak Black Bay
- Plastic Pellets Mississippi River
- Mystery Sheen, Buffalo River
- Plum Island Waste Water Treatment Facility-Charleston, SC
- Tank Fire, Pasadena Refining Systems, Pasdena, TX
- Ferry Vessel ISLAND DUCHESS aground
- TPIC MP35 Produced Water Discharge
- Pipeline Explosion
- CFV PHUONG MAI St Mary's Ga
- Hilcorp E8 Platform Oil Spill
- MY NO FILTER Fire and Sinking
- Hurricane Laura
- FV Ginny O Submerged
- FV Lady Ashley
- TPIC Platform Explosion Main Pass 67
- Mystery Sheen IVO 238
- FV SAAMI Aground
- S/V Ocean Lady Grounding
- Mystery Sheen
- SM-3 Barge Grounding