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Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Task Force Meeting Sector Columbia River On-Scene Coordinator Report Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Salem, Oregon U.S. COAST GUARD.

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1 Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Task Force Meeting Sector Columbia River On-Scene Coordinator Report Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Salem, Oregon U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR COLUMBIA RIVER Incident Management Division

2 AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY 33 CFR / ACP thru

3 SECTOR COLUMBIA RIVER Captain of the Port | Federal On-Scene Coordinator CAPT Dan Travers Sector Commander/AIRSTA CO CDR Nevada Smith Logs, Airsta XO, CO of Enlisted Personnel CDR William Gibbons Chief, Response CAPT Sean MacKenzie Deputy, Sector Commander LCDR Tony Kenne Chief, Planning & Force Readiness LT Rebecca Cheney Chief, Intelligence CAPT Pat Ropp MSU Portland/ Chief, Prevention OSCM Brett VerHulst Command Master Chief LT Gregory Hazlett, USN Chaplain CDR William Dronen Chief, Air Operations LCDR John Titchen Chief, IMD

4 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT DIVISION Mission The 20-person Incident Management Division at Sector Columbia River responds to all pollution threats along the Columbia River, and the coastlines and navigable waters of Oregon and southern Washington state. TYPICAL CASES: Mystery sheens Sunken vessels Grounded vessels Mystery drums Facility discharges and releases Vessel discharges and releases Exercises Derelict vessels Japan Tsunami marine debris

5 U.S. COAST GUARD AUTHORITIES 33 U.S.C § 1953 The “Coast Guard Program,” and Marine Debris 33 U.S.C. § 1951 established the Marine Debris Program within NOAA and mentions the “Coast Guard program,” which requires “… The Commandant of the Coast Guard, in consultation with the Interagency Committee …”: to reduce discard of plastics and other garbage from vessels; improve ship-board waste management; to “take actions to improve international cooperation to reduce marine debris”; to establish a voluntary reporting program for commercial vessel operators and recreational boaters to report incidents of damage to vessels and disruption of navigation caused by marine debris; to enforce regulations relating to the disposal of plastics and other marine debris.

6 COAST GUARD SUPPORT TO JTMD MISSION Sector Columbia River; Sector North Bend; Sector Puget Sound Broadcast Notice to Mariners Public Meetings “SAROPS” VHF Channel 16 (thru Rescue 21) NWS freq Main role: verify position

7 U.S. COAST GUARD AUTHORITIES 14 U.S.C §88(a)(4) Hazards to Navigation/Pollution/Salvage 14 U.S.C. §88(a)(4) authorizes the U.S. Coast Guard to “destroy or tow into port sunken or floating dangers to navigation.” Most recent example was a JTMD derelict vessel off Baranof, Alaska, last year. 33 CFR §72.01 requires the Coast Guard to provide a “Broadcast Notice to Mariners” during those evolutions. 33 U.S.C. §1321 authorizes the Coast Guard to respond to pollution (reports are made to the National Response Center at ).  Vessel salvage operations are complex and requires navigating a number of federal and state statutes (see, e.g., Derelict Vessel Task Force formed by the Executive Committee of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan).

8 COORDINATION PROCESS Mariner calls, report passed, trajectory run, debris confirmed 3. Safety Marine Information Broadcast read for 4-6 hours 1. Report provided to Coast Guard Sector Command Center 2. Sector confirms w/NOAA SSC on trajectory (SAROPS optional) 4. CG asset launched (if possible)

9 STREAMLINED SYSTEM FOR RECORDING POS’N All U.S. Coast Guard units can access info immediately Logged in database as “Hazard to Navigation)”

10 U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR COLUMBIA RIVER JTMD Reports: July 2012-October 2013 Mystery cylinder: Cohasset Beach, WA, 4/21/13 30’ fiberglass boat: Cannon Beach, OR, 3/21/13 Mystery cylinder: Coos Bay, OR, 5/27/13 Mystery cylinders: 3 different locations, July 2012

11 3’-DIAMETER GAS CYLINDER Coos Bay, OR, May 27, 2013

12 MYSTERY CYLINDER Cohasset Beach, WA, April 21, 2013

13 30’ FIBERGLASS BOAT Cannon Beach, OR, March 21, 2013

14 MYSTERY CYLINDERS, JULY 2012 Westport, WA to Tillamook Bay to Yaquina Head Cylinders joined together 30’ by 10’ Similar to object on beach on June 27. First spotted 55nm west of Westport, WA July 18, 2012 Next spotted 38nm northwest of Tillamook Bay, July 25, 2012 Then spotted 25nm west of Yaquina Bay, July 29, 2012

15 U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR COLUMBIA RIVER OSC Report – Oct. 28, 2014 Questions?


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