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 16 incidents in October, including oil discharges, grounded vessels, and other pollution-related incidents.
Here are some of October's notable incidents:
At 8:40 a.m. local time on Oct. 2, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard contacted NOAA regarding an unknown sheen in the waters off Huntington Beach, California. Roughly 45 minutes later, NOAA captured satellite imagery that became the basis for a Marine Pollution Surveillance Report, issued the same day by the Satellite Analysis Branch of NESDIS (NOAA Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service). The report showed oil slicks extending for more than 30 miles along the coast. A Unified Command was set up to direct spill response efforts.
Read more about NOAA’s support to this incident in our latest update.
On Oct. 4, the U.S. Coast Guard notified NOAA that a 42-foot sailing vessel was aground on Nedonna Beach, Oregon. The Coast Guard went on scene and conducted an overflight. They requested phone support to identify sensitive wildlife areas near the grounded vessel.
The fuel tanks from the vessel were recovered and no sheen was reported. The vessel was salvaged on Nov. 1.
On Oct. 7, the Coast Guard contacted NOAA to request satellite imagery of an abandoned platform discharging oil in High Island Block 10 off the coast of Texas. The platform was dripping oil, creating a rainbow sheen visible during a Coast Guard overflight. No imagery was available for the time of interest, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service monitored as images came available.
On the morning of Oct. 22, NOAA was notified of a container ship approximately 40 miles west of the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca in Washington that lost about 40 containers overboard the previous evening, with a potential for chemicals in the lost containers. The Coast Guard requested trajectory support for the containers.
On Oct. 23, the Canadian Coast Guard evacuated 16 people from the container ship Zim Kingston after a fire broke out in 10 containers. As the incident remains on the Canadian side of the border, the U.S. has not established a Unified Command at this time. NOAA continues to monitor trajectories for impacts south of the border.
Here is the complete list of last month’s incidents, click on the links to find out more:
- Mystery Sheen, Offshore WA
- Oil report off Huntington Beach, CA (Pipeline P00547 Spill)
- Vessel Aground, Doughty Point, NW Orcas Island, WA
- 42' Sailing Vessel, BAGHEERA , Aground
- Abandoned Platform - High Island Block 10
- Unknown Sheen Lake Huron
- Unknown Sheen Niagara River
- Revere, MA Tanker Truck Rollover
- 48' Garda Marie Sinking
- Mystery Sheen off Coos Bay, OR
- F/V Caressa Mae Ocracoke Inlet, NC
- Cook Inlet Beluga Drift
- M/V CALUMET soft aground in Saginaw River
- Container Ship "Zim Kingston" with Containers Overboard & Fire
- FV Arctic Ram
- Mystery Sheen Cleveland Ohio