BBC Arizona Prepared for Decontamination
Response personnel conduct inspections prior to Port Valdez, Alaska, stevedores shifting cargo to facilitate decontamination of the BBC Arizona's deck, June 7-8, 2013.
Multiple containers stored on deck, each holding a plastic bladder filled with transformer oil, began leaking during the ship's transit to Valdez. A Unified Command, consisting of the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Valdez, and Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC, directed containers to be shifted on deck to facilitate removal of bridge parts stored below. Bridge parts, the ship's last remaining domestic cargo, are destined for the Tanana River bridge construction project. Once all domestic cargo is removed, the Unified Command, with response partners Emerald Alaska Inc., will continue work to clean and decontaminate the ship.