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6 February 2020

Diesel Spill - Unknown Source, Port Orchard, WA. USA

On February 07, 2020 - Washington State Department of Ecology, USCG Sector Puget Sound, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the City of Port Orchard are on-scene investigating the source of a diesel spill in Yachtfish Marina, Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard. No impacts to fish or wildlife have been reported and NOAA support is not requested at this time. This is a notification only.
6 February 2020

Lost dredge Hose, Atlantic Ocean

On February 7, 2020, the NOAA SSC was notified of a lost 2000’ length x 36” diameter floating rubber hose that is used to attach to a dredge and pump sand through. The hose came unattached from the towing vessel M/V TRIDENT sometime on the morning of February 6, 2020, roughly 28 miles NNE of Daytona Beach, FL. ERD was requested to run a drift study on the estimated position and direction of drift of the rubber hose
6 February 2020

Fishing Vessel Aground on Shackleford Banks, NC, Harkers Island, NC, USA

At 0900 on 7 February, 2020, USCG Sector North Carolina notified the NOAA SSC that a commercial fishing vessel went aground on Shackleford Banks, North Carolina. Vessel has 7,000-10,000 gallons of diesel onboard. No pollution reported at this time. USCG requested trajectory.
5 February 2020

Small plane crash, Arcata Bay, Eureka, CA

On February 6, 2020, a small plane crashed into Arcata Bay near Eureka, CA. The pilot was rescued with no injuries. 195 gallons of aviation fuel were reported to be on board, but no release was observed until later that afternoon. Containment boom has been deployed, but wing tanks are difficult to access for pollutant removal. USCG MSD Humboldt Bay contacted their NOAA SSC with an initial report and to request information regarding potential fuel exposure to nearby shellfish aquaculture site, roughly 0.5 NM away. Subsequently, ERD has been providing oil fate/transport/mixing information to the state authorities responsible for fishery closures during oil spills.
2 February 2020

Grounded Vessel, Hilo, Hawaii, Hilo, HI

On the evening of February 3, 2020, a 70’ motorsailer ran aground on rocks north west of Hilo Harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii. USCG Sector Honolulu requested a trajectory in the event the vessel discharges its contents of 1200 - 1800 gallons of diesel. USCG is planning to take action at first light tomorrow morning.
31 January 2020

Tabbs Bay Discharge, Baytown, TX, Baytown, TX 77520, USA

On February 1, 2020, the USCG Sector Houston was notified of 10 - 15 bbl of dark crude oil discharging into Tabbs Bay, located northeast of Texas Ship Channel. The source was reported to be a well head pipeline but the reason for the discharge is currently unknown. USCG called NOAA requesting trajectory. The source is reportedly secured.
29 January 2020

Mystery Sheen Mississippi River mm93, New Orleans, LA, USA

In January 30, 2020, the USCG Sector NOLA received NRC report 1270027 regarding a 1 mile rainbow sheen at Mississippi River mm93 (just down river of downtown New Orleans). USCG identified dark product pooled along the LDB at mm94. No source idendified. USCG contracted OSRO to conduct clean up. No observed impacts to wildlife. No requests for NOAA assistance at this time.
26 January 2020

Buoy Adrift and Lost: Long Island Sound, Southold, NY, USA

On January 27, 2020, the US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound contacted the NOAA SSC for assistance in locating a navigational buoy that parted its anchor chain and drifted away sometime before 24 January 2020. Both NOAA ORR/ERD and the NOAA Navigation Manager are involved.
25 January 2020

Diesel and sulfuric acid discharge in Mississippi River MM 123, Destrehan, LA

On January 26, 2020, the NOAA Regional Response Officer (RRO) received notification from the USCG IMD Sector New Orleans about a vessel sinking at MM 123 and actively discharging diesel into Mississippi River. One of its barge is also actively discharging sulfuric acid into the river. The NOAA RRO is working with the ERD Chemistry and Oceanography Team
23 January 2020

50 gal diesel spill Old Fort Bayou NRC 1269451, Ocean Springs, MS

At 1300 on 24 JAN 2020, USCG Sector Mobile notified SSC of an approximate 50 gallon spill of diesel into the Old Fort Bayou marsh off Highway 609 in Ocean Springs, MS. Discharge was suspected to be from a commercial vessel located near by. USCG collected samples for fingerprinting and hired an OSRO to conduct cleanup. No further support requested.
18 January 2020

Possible sheen report, Sea Ranch, CA

On January 19, 2020, the USCG Sector San Francisco contacted their NOAA SSC regarding a pilot report of a possible sheen off northern CA coast, roughly 29 miles upcoast from Bodega Bay, CA. USCG requested trajectory support.
15 January 2020

LifeMed Airplane Crash, Unalaska, AK

On January 16, 2020, the USCG MSD Dutch Harbor reported than a LifeMed airplane crashed into the water off the north end of the Dutch Harbor runway into Unalaska Bay. All souls were rescued The fuselage has sunk and is actively sheening. Potential of 500 gallons of Av Gas onboard. USCG has requested a trajectory and fates analysis.
13 January 2020

FV Pappy's Pride, Galveston, TX, USA

On January 14, 2020, the 81-foot fishing vessel Pappy's Pride capsized after a collision with the 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune near the Galveston jetties in Galveston, Texas. Two fishermen were rescued. The search for the remaining two fishermen is ongoing. Potential 14,000 gallons red-dyed diesel, tanks compromised at time of impact. USCG requested trajectory and resources at risk. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
31 December 2019

FV Scandies Rose sinking, Sutwik Island, Alaska

On January 1, 2020, the USCG MSD Kodiak received notification of the FV Scandies Rose sinking due to high winds and heavy seas. It is unknown if there is a discharge at this time. Potential fuels on board include 120,000 gallons of diesel, 1200 gallons of lube oils, and 650 gallons of other oils. USCG is requesting a fates and trajectory analysis for a potential release.
19 December 2019

Port of Coos Bay Ammonia Release, 63534 Kingfisher Rd, Coos Bay, OR

On December 20, 2019, the USCG Station Coos Bay, Oregon, called the NOAA Emergency Response Division to request an air plume model for a potential ammonia release. A seafood processing facility at the Port is on fire and there is concern about a 300 lb ammonia cylinder. Status of the tank is unknown. Area being evacuated. Hazmat team en route.
17 December 2019

F/V MANDY JANE sunk, off San Francisco, CA

On December 19, 2019, the 52' F/V MANDY JANE was the subject of a search & rescue operation and sank about 12 NM WSW of the Golden Gate Bridge (37° 44.35N, 122° 43.08 W). USCG Sector San Francisco contacted the NOAA SSC to request oil fate & trajectory support.
16 December 2019

Sea View Harbor Vessel Fire, Mystic Islands, NJ 08087, USA

On December 17, 2019, the USCG Sector Delaware Bay notified the NOAA SSC about a fire that took place on 16 December 2019 at the Seaview Harbor Marine, Great Egg Harbor, NJ. Two vessels caught fire which resulted in the release of approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
14 December 2019

M/V TECUMSEH Engine Room Fire, Windsor, ON, Canada

On the evening of December 15, 2019, M/V TECUMSEH was reported to be on fire in the vicinity of Zug Island on the Canadian side of the border. The vessel has 42,000 gallons of diesel on board. USCG is requesting a trajectory.
14 December 2019

M/V Levant - Pier Allision, Ferndale, WA

On December 15, 2019, NOAA ERD was notified of an allision between a 741-foot LPG carrier and a pier in Ferndale, WA. The allision occurred at 0445 PST and the damaged vessel was carrying a reported 33,000 tons of propane/butane. The water surrounding the vessel is reported to be free of sheen and NOAA support is not requested at this time (notification only).
13 December 2019

Whitney Oil & Gas Tank Battery 49, Garden Island Bay, Venice, LA 70091, USA

On December 14, 2019, at approximately 0733 hrs, Sector New Orleans Incident Management Division (IMD) received NRC#1266407 reporting of approximately 23-25 bbls of crude oil discharged from a broken reducer on the discharge side of a pump, which serviced a 2” flowline between the Dry Oil Tank and storage barge at the Tank Battery 49 facility, located in Garden Island Bay in Plaquemines Parish. SSC Notified
9 December 2019

Barge Ironmaster Tug Anglian Lady Aground, ON, Canada

On the morning of December 8, 2019, Barge Ironmaster and Tug Anglian Lady ran aground near the border in Lake St. Clair. 3,500L of diesel on board. No spill observed. CANUSLAK Notification/Activation at 1800 10 Dec.
8 December 2019

Finley BNSF Diesel Spill Hover Park, Kennewick, WA

December 09, 2019 - Washington State Department of Ecology notified NOAA ERD of an approximately 500 gallon diesel release from a rail car over 11 miles of track near the Columbia River. EPA is the federal response agency.
8 December 2019

F/V SEA ANGELS Grounding, Browns Inlet NC

At 10:45 am on 9 Dec. 2019, USCG Sector North Carolina notified the NOAA SSC that the 100 foot long, F/V SEA ANGELS, was hard aground in Brown's Inlet, Onslow, County (near Swansboro), NC. Vessel is listing and taking waves over its side. Vessel has 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. No reports of any pollution or sheen reported at this time. USCG requested a NOAA GNOME trajectory.
3 December 2019

Lake Pelto Equipment Failure, Chauvin, LA 70344, USA

On December 4, 2019, the USCG received a report of a pipeline spill due to equipment failure in Lake Pelto. USCG pollution responders are on site assessing the situation. NRC# 1265477.
1 December 2019

Pleasure Craft MARCHELLE aground, West side of Catalina Island, CA

On the morning of 30-NOV-2019, the 33ft Pleasure Craft MARCHELLE ran aground on the west side of Catalina Island (near Two Harbors) with a maximum potential of 800 Gallons of diesel on board. At the time, a 1/4 mile sheen was observed leading to the west at high tide. On the morning of 02-DEC-2019, USCG Sector LA/Long Beach contacted the NOAA SSC to request a worst case (800 gallon) trajectory estimate in the event a release occurs during salvage operations scheduled for 1300 hrs on 02-DEC-2019.
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