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 Marine Environmental Response The 16-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.
Sector Columbia River IMD numbers Sector Columbia River issued 6 Letters of Warning (25 so far in 2013) and 5 Notice of Violations (17 to date) since the last RRT in July. Good news: there have been no Class I civil or criminal penalties so far in 2013. JULY 2013-present: 69 NRC reports 12 Mystery sheens 3 Sunken vessels 3 Grounded vessels 3 Mystery drums 3 Facility discharges/releases 5 Vessel discharges/releases 7 Exercises 3 Derelict vessels 1 report Tsunami debris Total year to date, 2013: 297 NRC reports 72 Mystery sheens 5 Sunken vessels 10 Grounded vessels 15 Mystery drums 8 Facility discharges/releases 20 Vessel discharges/releases 30 Exercises 10 Derelict vessels 4 reports Tsunami debris
‘Mystery sheen’ in Hammond, Or. Summary 0850, 23 Oct, 2013: SCR IMD notified of 150’ x 30’ sheen in Hammond Marina. IMD took diesel samples from the water and a pleasure craft. While on scene, IMD observed another small sheen near a charter fishing boat. While aboard, IMD observed the bilge pump discharge. Samples currently being tested; LOWs and NOVs could result.
M/V GRANBY sinks in Longview, WA Summary 0730, Aug. 27, 2013: IMD received report via NRC and Fisher Island Marina owner of the sunken 75-foot M/V GRANBY with a reported 600 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. A multi-agency response, quick work by contractors and a ‘responsible party’ on the ball avert a larger discharge. Less than 100 gallons released; small sheens burn off on a sunny day.
S/V PATIENCE runs aground, Newport Summary 0028, Jul. 23, 2013: Two people onboard a 50-foot sailing vessel report running aground with less than 50 gallons of diesel aboard. The two swam ashore, hoping to await high tide to re-float the vessel. Owner claims his chart plotter broke. Two IMD pollution investigators monitor a salvage plan as owner removes all fuel and pollution threat is thwarted.
S/V OUR GANG aground, Ilwaco, WA Summary 0020, Aug. 20, 2013: Two people onboard a 30-foot sailing vessel report running aground on Sand Island, near Ilwaco, Wa., with “amount of fuel,” says master to US Army Corps of Engineers. S/V has no radio, lights; IMD pollution investigators determine no fuel aboard and no threat to nearby wildlife. Salvage plan approved and vessel safely removed.
F/V ANDRIANA, Grays Harbor, WA Summary 0600, Sept. 6, 2013: Three crew members aboard 44-foot F/V ANDRIANA are allegedly asleep as vessel runs hard aground on the beach ½ mile south of the Westport jetty in Grays Harbor, Wa. A multi-agency response supervises master’s successful attempt to re- float the vessel at high tide later that day; spill of 1,200 gallons of diesel prevented. Entire IMD works salvage plan.
Sause Brothers Exercise, Coos Bay Summary 0600, Nov. 7, 2013: Sause Brothers stands up an Incident Command for a potential 220,000- gallon threat from a disabled barge near its’ Coos Bay facility. CG, DEQ On-Scene Coordinators practice with a skilled and ready ICS structure in which response assets are identified in the area. Take away: solid drill, updated GRP needed!
Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Summary 1110, Nov. 9, 2013: The Shoalwater Bay Tribal Environmental Program reported a hull with Japanese writing had come ashore near North Cove in Willapa Bay, Wa. The debris is a half of a small white skiff and the only report of tsunami debris in the Sector Columbia River area of responsibility since July.