USCG Respond to Grounded Vessel near Pleasant Harbor, Washington
The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning. There is reportedly up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel and an unrecoverable sheen was reported to be visible on the water. Responders are working with the owner to deploy containment boom around the vessel and develop plans to remove the fuel aboard. Jefferson County dispatch notified…
USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday. The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th District Response Advisor Team, Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, California, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington State Department of Ecology, Harley Marine Service Inc., Navy Region Northwest, Washington State Ferries, and the Marine Spill Response Corporation.
MOU on Cruise Ship Ops
The Washington State Department of Ecology posted the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that it entered into with the Northwest Cruise Ship Association and the Port of Seattle. Among other things, the revised MOU provides that cruise ships calling in the Port of Seattle will not, in Washington waters, discharge treated sewage within a half-mile of shellfish beds identified by the Department. (HK Law).
ExxonMobil Receives Washington State Exceptional Compliance Award
Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that its U.S. marine transportation affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. SeaRiver achieved this through meeting the state's voluntary Exceptional Compliance Program for Tank Vessels (Ecopro) and is the only company to attain full Ecopro status for a third consecutive renewal period since the program's inception in 1999. This honor acknowledges SeaRiver's achievement of high operating standards and environmental performance while operating in Washington state waters.
Training to Test Response to Ferry Hijacking
On December 16th, the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, and Washington State Ferries will be conducting a joint agency training exercise in Yukon Harbor, southwest of Blake Island. The drill scenario incorporates a multi-agency response to a simulated ferry hijacking. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from the Seattle Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff’s office, and the Washington State Patrol along with the Washington State Ferries, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Bainbridge Island Fire and Police Departments, and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will use the opportunity to implement contingency plans and strengthen interagency relationships developed since September 11th.
Washington State Shipowner Fined for Spill
The Washington State Department of Ecology assessed a fine of $13,000 against the owner of a ship that accidentally discharged 50 gallons of waste oil into the Columbia River. Additionally, the Department will bill the company approximately $3,000 to recover the state’s costs in responding to the oil spill. Source: HK Law
Washington State Fines Ship Owner $81,000 for Spill
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a Press Release stating that it assessed a fine in the amount of $81,000 against the Dockendale Shipping Company of the Bahamas for the spill of an estimated 8,000 gallons of bunkers from the M/V PENDRECHT while it was berthed near Longview, Washington on the Columbia River in January 2002. The spill resulted when oil from the bunker tank leaked through a crack into a ballast tank and was then pumped overboard. The owner was also assessed $15,114 in natural resource damages.
Norwegian Sun Under Ecological Investigation
Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Sun has prompted an ecological investigation after the 853 ft. vessel released some 16,000 gallons of black water in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington. Officials from the Washington State Department of Ecology along with U.S. Coast Guard investigators boarded the Norwegian Sun on May 11 in Seattle to examine the sewage system a week after the questionable, but reported incident occurred.
Washington State Approves Permits for Deepening of Columbia River
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a Press Release stating that it has approved permits that will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the Columbia River navigation channel from Portland to the mouth of the river. Source: HK Law
Washington State issues Notice of Violation to USACE
The Washington State Department of Ecology has cited the US Army Corps of Engineers for spilling approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic oil into the Columbia River from a dredge on October 17, 2005. The Notice of Violation also states that the Corps waited 90 minutes before notifying the agency of the spill. source: HK Law
Washington State Collects Civil Penalty for Spill
The Washington State Department of Ecology has negotiated an agreement by which Unix Line Private Ltd. of Singapore will pay $34,000 for negligently releasing 50 gallons of oily waste into Commencement Bay from the chemical tanker KAEDA. The company will also pay $5,194 for investigation and cleanup costs for the spill, which occurred on October 22, 2002.
Marine Fuel Dealer Fined
The Washington State Department of Ecology has fined a Seattle marine fuel dealer $28,242 for supplying oil to a tank barge without a state-approved spill prevention plan. Source: HK Law
Tanker Assisted into Port
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a News Release stating that an oil tanker en route from Port Angeles to Anacortes with a cargo of jet fuel experienced engine trouble and was escorted back to Port Angeles for repairs. The U.S. Cost Guard subsequently allowed the tanker to depart for Anacortes. Source: HK Law
Columbia River Mystery Spill Settled
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a News Release stating that the Evergreen Marine Corporation has agreed to pay more than $130,900 to settle a penalty and other assessments related to a March 2001 oil spill into the Columbia River. Approximately 500 gallons of oily waste was found in the river in the vicinity of Kalama and was attributed to the M/V Ever Group. Source: HK Law
Ship Management Awarded Ecopro
MTM The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a Press Release stating that it has awarded the Exceptional Compliance Program (Ecopro) award to M.T.M. Ship Management Private Ltd. of Singapore for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship.
Washington State Ferries Explores LNG as Fuel
“WSF burns more than 17 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel each year – and it’s our fastest growing operating expense. LNG has the potential to significantly reduce emissions and the cost of fuel,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Assistant Secretary David Moseley. LNG as a fuel is a promising, but new technology. To ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of such a move is handled in a responsible manner, Washington State Ferries has partnered with DNV…
Washington State Ferries Contract for G4S Technology
G4S Technology LLC wins Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division contract to upgrade security systems. G4S Technology LLC (formerly Adesta), a systems integrator and project management company for electronic security systems and communication networks, has been awarded a $3.8M contract from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division to provide security system upgrades. They will install new Milestone XProtect® Corporate Video Management Software (VMS).
Coast Guard Investigates Anchor Losses
The US Coast Guard said that it, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Alaska Tanker Company are jointly investigating two recent incidents in which the anchors on tankers were lost in heavy weather while the ships were proceeding from Valdez to Long Beach. Inspection of the remaining anchor in each ship revealed a material defect. The ships have been taken out of service until the anchors are replaced. Source: HK Law
Kuntz Steps Down at WSDOT
Washington State Department of Transportation announced that Ferries Division Director of Finance and Administration, Sam Kuntz, has stepped down. Kuntz will complete his tenure at the Ferries Division March 1 to pursue other vocational interests and to spend more time with his family. Activities around filling the position will begin after David Moseley, Assistant Secretary for Ferries Division, starts in March.
Clean Up Continues after Spill
Oil spill at Point Wells – update The Washington State Department of Ecology issued an Update on the Foss Maritime barge spill at Point Wells. Clean-up operations continue, although greatly reduced in scope. The cause of the 4,800 gallon spill of fuel oil is under investigation. Source: HK Law
Columbia River Deepening Comments Welcome
The Washington State Department of Ecology has reopened the comment period with regard to the proposal to deepen the navigable channel of the Columbia River. Comments are sought with regard to possible ocean disposal of the dredge spoil. Comments should be submitted by June 9, 2003. (5/20/03). (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight, May 2003)
Chief Engineer Sentenced in Tacoma
Chun Do Oh, Chief Engineer of the M/V Rubin Stella sentenced to twelve months plus one day in prison for presenting false entries in an Oil Record Book to the United States Coast Guard. These entries concealed the fact that he had directed the dumping of waste oil and oil sludges from this ship into the Pacific Ocean. The sentencing was announced today by John McKay, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington and Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. The M/V Rubin Stella is a Panamanian-Flagged, bulk carrier vessel of 16,789 gross tons used to transport timber.
WSDOT Sells Vessel to Recycler
Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) has sold four 1927-built Steel Electric class vessels to Eco Planet Recycling, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif. The total combined sale price for all four ferries is $200,000. The Washington State Department of General Administration approved the sale on Wednesday, June 17 followed by completion of the signature process on Thursday, June 18. Receipt of the payment was confirmed late on Friday, June 19. “The Steel Electric class vessels served as unforgettable icons of life in the Pacific Northwest,” said Assistant Secretary for WSF David Moseley. In November 2007, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond ordered theQuinault, Illahee, Nisqually and Klickitat removed from service due to safety concerns.