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Friday, October 20, 2017

Unified Command News

Unified Command for Oil Response Shifts to New Orleans

The ESF-10 forward operating base has closed and the unified command shifted operations to New Orleans in order to consolidate ESF-10 response efforts involving oil and hazardous material recovery in southeast Louisiana under one unified command.

Update #41: Kulluk Remains Stable

Unified Command develops mitigation strategies for crab fishery. The Kulluk remains in stable condition with no reports of a release. Data from the completed underwater assessment of the Kulluk continues to be analyzed. Unified Command has developed mitigation strategies collaboratively with the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative. This will reduce potential impacts to the fishery during the upcoming crabbing season. The Kulluk will remain onsite in the inner Kiliuda Bay until the conclusion of the Tanner Crab fishing season. A Marine Coordinator will be onsite to coordinate the movement of response vessels. An update will be provided every four hours to the crab fishermen.

Unified Command Coordinates Spill Response Near Bayou Perot

The Unified Command has reopened the Intracoastal Waterway near Bayou Perot, La., after a portion of ICW was closed due to a damaged oil wellhead that started spilling sweet crude oil into the bayou early Sunday. The ICW was closed early Sunday between mile markers 19 and 21 when oil from the damaged wellhead entered a portion of the ICW. Cleanup crews have contained and removed the oil from the ICW, and the unified command has reopened the waterway to all vessel traffic. More than 25,000 feet of oil containment boom has been deployed around the wellhead in Bayou Perot and along the neighboring shoreline. Most of the oil from the wellhead has been contained within Bayou Perot and Little Lake, and oil has been removed from the ICW and Lake Salvador.

Unified Command Issues Kulluk Update

Update #37: Kulluk assessment continues, Sitkalidak Island debris removal. Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues, with inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) being utilized to assess the hull. There continues to be no sign of leakage from the Kulluk. Assessment crews at the direction of Unified Command, along with local representation from Old Harbor Native Corporation, continue to survey the grounding area in Sitkalidak Island to enable the recovery of survival and rescue boats and other debris from the Kulluk. Cleanup activities on the shoreline will proceed in the next few days, daylight and weather permitting. A local archeologist visited the grounding site Jan.

Update #40: Assessment Complete, Kulluk Stable

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Jonathan Klingenberg.

The Kulluk remains in stable condition and there are no reports of any release. The underwater assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel has been completed and that data is now being analyzed. Unified Command continues to work with the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative to put mitigation measures in place that will reduce potential impacts to the fishery during the upcoming crabbing season. A map detailing the location of Kulluk and its support vessels has been developed to aid the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative during the Tanner Crabbing season.

Freighter Allides with Two Boats

The Unified Command responded to two boats being struck on the West Bank of the Flats in . The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Dept. of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Fire Dept., Cleveland Police Dept., the Fire Boat Anthony J. Celebreeze and the Cleveland Harbor Master. The Station Cleveland 25-foot response boat were on scene providing a safety zone to ensure safe travel of all boating traffic. Motor Vessel Cuyahoga struck two boats while transiting up the , one boat was severely damaged and is submerged, and one received lesser damage and both were moored at the dock behind Shooters Night Club. The submerged vessel has two large fuel tanks filled with gasoline and is currently sheening.

Unified Command Ends Cleanup of NY Spill

The unified command responding to the spill of approximately 800 gallons of oil in Riverhead, N.Y., Oct. 14, including the Coast Guard, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Penn Maritime Inc., with assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ended active cleanup operations here today. Representatives from the towns of Riverhead and Southold inspected the beach with members of the unified command here today also. Crews removed 30 20-cubic-yard dumpsters, approximately 360 tons, of oil-soaked debris. Over 120 workers from Miller Environmental Group responded to the spill at the height of operations utilizing backhoes, front loaders and other heavy equipment.

Lower Mississippi Closure Due to Oil Spill

Tugboat 'Endeavor': Photo courtesy of Nature's Way Marine

US Coast Guard's unified command is dealing with a crude oil spill from a damaged barge in Vicksburg, Miss. The barge had earlier been damaged through contact with a bridge support while in tow, and the Mississippi River remains closed to all traffic for a 16-mile distance between mile marker 425 and mile marker 441 near Vicksburg. Currently there are 21 northbound and 34 southbound vessels affected due to the river closure. A lightering and salvage plan has been approved by the unified command and multiple response crews have been dispatched to begin removing oil from the barge.

Coast Guard Response to Vicksburg Spill Continues

The unified command continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 436 in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday. At 10:05 a.m. response crews removed fuel from the damaged barge MOC-12 after reconfiguring oil-pump equipment. Following completion of the oil removal operations the damaged barge will be inspected and prepared for transit to a maritime facility in nearby Vicksburg. The MOC-15 barge has been moved upriver from the MOC-12 oil removal operation and is waiting for transportation to a maritime facility.

Crews Continue Response for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

Divers assess Lake Erie wreck for potential environmental impact Photo USCG

Crews continue to respond to and investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie Thursday. The unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, continues to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the public and the environment. During dive operations Wednesday, a pinhole-sized leak was detected in one of the cargo tanks and was successfully secured by the dive team.

Unified Command Established to Oversee Oil Spill

An oil spill is contained June 21, near a crude oil tanker at the Clifton Ridge terminal along the Calcasieu River. The cause of the spill is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and CITGO Petroleum Corporation. The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the Coast Guard and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office have established a Unified Command to manage the clean up and recovery of the oil spill in the Calcasieu Ship Channel near Lake Charles. Recovery efforts began Tuesday night after receiving reports of oil in the Calcasieu channel near CITGO's Clifton Ridge Terminal. The recovery operations represent an expansion of activity that began in response to heavy rainfall and partial flooding, which overwhelmed the CITGO's waste water storage tank area and dikes.

Update: Texas City Y Crash Incident

A Port Coordination Team call was held today to discuss industry concerns and priorities and to share the Incident Command's status with regard to the Texas City Y Incident, GAC said in a report. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)has set up a command post at the Doyle Center and Port Coordination Team has been activated to ensure that industry's needs are communicated to the Unified Command. Currently, the USCG has two overflights over the channel to look for oil, and it is believed that a majority of the oil is out of the traffic lanes, however this is not yet confirmed. Depending on the results of the flights, the Unified Command may begin to direct Houston Vessel Traffic to begin inbound/outbound traffic movement later today.

Coast Guard Responds to Grounding off Port Everglade

Coast Guard inspectors on board the Clipper Lasco have confirmed the 645-ft. cargo vessel has run aground just west of the designated anchorage area off Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. The Clipper Lasco is carrying more than 30,000 tons of bauxite and 323 metric tons of fuel. Coast Guard inspection and investigation teams on board continue to gather information to determine the cause of the grounding. It has not been determined on what type of bottom (sand, coral, mud, rocks) the vessel grounded and the extent, if any, of environmental damage. The Coast Guard is in close communications with the vessel owners, state and local partners and technical experts, and is establishing a unified command to coordinate salvage efforts.

Update #38: Kulluk Anchor, Hull Inspected in ROV surveys

•    Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues. Two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys have been completed. The first was for the Kulluk’s anchor and chain. That survey revealed the anchor is firmly embedded with the chain buried near the anchor. No hard formations were found in the area surrounding the anchor. The second began an assessment of the Kulluk’s hull. •    Further assessment of the situation regarding the four dislodged survival boats and the one dislodged rescue boat determined that the potential exists for the release of approximately 316 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. To date there has been no confirmation of any release. If any fluids are identified to have been released on the shoreline, Unified Command will be prepared to mitigate.

BBC Arizona Prepared for Decontamination

U.S. Coast Guard photo

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.

Cleanup Ops After Spill in Port of Long Beach

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach and California Fish and Game personnel are investigating the cause of an unintentional discharge of 710 gallons of diesel fuel oil from the Motor Tanker Aljalaa, during an internal transfer of diesel at Tesoro’s Terminal at Berth 84A in the Port of Long Beach, Feb. 21 at approximately 7:30 p.m. The USCG, DFG, and the vessel's emergency response management company, O’Brien’s Response Management, immediately established a Unified Command at the Tesoro Long Beach Terminal to provide an aggressive and timely response to the incident and to answer any media and general public calls. Several oil spill response organizations responded to contain and to recover discharged product, and to minimize environmental impacts.

Active Cleanup Complete from Delaware Bay Oil Spill

On May 11, the Unified Command determined that responders have achieved pre-established oil spill clean up standards, and that active cleanup measures are complete. Although the active cleanup has been completed, a monitoring plan has been implemented in the event that any further oil is sighted. The Unified Command includes the Coast Guard, environmental representatives from Delaware, New Jersey and The O'Brien's Group. The spill, which was reported to the Coast Guard by crewmen from a tug boat on April 25th, impacted Delaware shorelines from the Leipsic River south to the Mispillion River and caused New Jersey to close over 70,000 acres of oyster beds for one week as a preventive measure. A total of 22 birds and one turtle were reported to have been impacted by the spill.

Fuel Removed from Grounded Fishing Vessel

U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Matt Knight

The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, removed approximately 540 gallons of the remaining diesel fuel from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 18. On Feb. 16, about 50 gallons of fuel was removed and an additional 540 gallons was removed Feb. 18. The diesel fuel was pumped into containers on shore and then staged in an environmentally safe containment zone for disposal. Additionally, four marine batteries and several fishing nets were safely removed.

Response to Grounding of Clipper Lasco

The U. S. Coast Guard continues to coordinate the response to the grounding of the 645-ft. cargo ship Clipper Lasco just west of the designated anchorage area off Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. The vessel remains aground this evening as members of the unified command work to ensure that planned salvage operations do not cause further disruption to the ocean floor, are conducted as safely as possible, provide adequate resources for any contingencies that could arise and mitigate the risk of damaging the ship. Divers from Resolve Marine Group, the salvor contracted by representatives for the Clipper Lasco, surveyed the ship's hull and the ocean bottom. The survey revealed that the vessel did impact the reef and some coral.

Grounded Ship to be Dislodged off of Hawaii

HONOLULU - The Unified Command continues to monitor the 145-foot motor vessel Casitas that ran aground at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, 86 miles east southeast of Midway Atoll on July 2nd. Preparations are now underway to extract the Casitas from the reef with what is hoped to be minimal environmental damage. Significant planning has been undertaken to ensure the safety of the people involved and to protect the ecological resources of the area. Pearl and Hermes Atoll is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is an important seabird and green sea turtle nesting ground, Hawaiian monk seal pupping site, home to endangered Laysan finches, and the site of more than 183,000 acres of coral reefs in Refuge and State of Hawaii waters.

Stranded Kulluk Rig Update

Kulluk Fly-over: Photo credit USCG

Rear Adm. "“My primary concern is ensuring the unified command has the personnel, assets and equipment they need to safely salvage the Kulluk,” said Ostebo. Ostebo is also working with the unified command to ensure that the public, stakeholders and elected officials are kept up to date on the response and its objectives. “This is a very large and complex response and it is important that the American public and our elected officials understand the dangerous and difficult challenges being faced by the response crews,” said Ostebo.

Deepwater Horizon Incident, USCG Update

The National Response Team (NRT), an organization of 16 federal departments and agencies responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents was quickly activated and a coordinated group of federal partners-including the United States Coast Guard, Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency-immediately began directing and overseeing BP's response. Coastal protection and booming operations under the direction of the Unified Command Mobile are ongoing, actively deploying as rapidly as possible as part of the strategic plan across Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle, Unified Command Mobile said.

Wellhead Secured in Barataria Waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to work with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office LOSCO, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources LDNR, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality LDEQ, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries LAWLF, the Louisiana State Police LSP, and Jefferson Parish Emergency Services to minimize environmental damage resulting from an allision between a tow vessel and a wellhead in the Barataria Waterway, which occurred at approximately 1 a.m., July 27. The Unified Command Post, established at U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, is reporting that the wellhead was secured at 6:05 p.m. August 1 and is no longer emitting oil or natural gas into Barataria Bay. The wellhead is also equipped with a light.

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