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Kulluk grounded between north end of Ocean Bay and Partition Cove on Kodiak Island

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program

SITUATION REPORT

M/V Aiviq Tow‐Gulf of Alaska

SITREP #: 3

Ocean Bay/Partition Cove, Kodiak Island

SPILL #: 12249936201

TIME/DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: 2:30 a.m., January 1, 2013

POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY (PRP): To be determined.

INCIDENT LOCATION: The CDU conical drilling unit Kulluk grounded at a location between the north end of Ocean Bay and Partition Cove on Kodiak Island. The approximate location of the grounded vessel is Lat 57.01.900N Long 153.06.700W.

TIME/DATE OF SPILL: The CDU Kulluk grounded at 8:48 p.m., December 31. At this time it is unknown if there is a release of any oil product. The M/V Aiviq and the tug Alert lost their tow of the CDU Kulluk on December 31. The M/V Aiviq lost its tow shortly after 4:30 p.m. while the tug Alert experienced severe engine problems which impacted the towing operation. The towline was released at approximately 8:10 p.m. due to safety concerns. The CDU Kulluk subsequently drifted and went aground at the above location.

HOW/WHEN SPILL WAS DISCOVERED: At the time of the grounding, the CDU Kulluk was currently carrying 138,000 gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, 1,000 gallons of aviation fuel, and 12,000 gallons of various lubricants.

TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: Unknown at this time.

CAUSE OF SPILL: The CDU Kulluk went aground after the towlines between the vessel and the two tow vessels parted.

SOURCE CONTROL: Unknown at this time.

RESPONSE ACTION: The Unified Command continues to mobilize spill response equipment and is modifying the spill response plan to the specific areas of Partition Cove and Ocean Bay in the event of a discharge. A staging area has been established at the City of Kodiak Harbor. Spill responders remain mobilized and will be deployed as soon as conditions allow if necessary. A Coast Guard helicopter overflight was completed at approximately 12:00 a.m., January 1. The helicopter crew reported the Kulluk is grounded on a rocky bottom approximately 500 feet from the shoreline, in a water depth of 4 to 8 fathoms. The crew reports that there was no visible sign of an oil spill or sheen.

RESOURCES AFFECTED: The shorelines of Partition Cove on Sitkalidak Island are primarily comprised of mixed sand and gravel beaches. Several anadromous streams are also in the general area. Harbor seal concentrations are present in MacDonald Lagoon. Overwintering waterfowl, shorebirds, other bird species may be present. Steller’s eiders are potentially present in the nearshore waters. Steller’s eiders are an Endangered Species Act (ESA)‐listed species. Partition Cove is within designated critical habitat for the ESA‐listed Southwest sea otter population. Steller sea lions may be present in the area. Partition Cove is within designated critical habitat for the Steller sea lion.

FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: The Unified Command is now entering the salvage and potential spill response phase. Spill responders and equipment are currently mobilized and will implement spill response operations as soon as weather permits, if necessary. A Coast Guard helicopter overflight is scheduled for tomorrow morning to further assess the condition of the vessel.

WEATHER: Currently, ESE winds 50‐57 knots with gusts to 67 knots; seas 22‐29 feet, with occasional wave heights of 43 feet. Winds expected to shift to the Southeast later tonight. Weather and sea states are expected to subside tomorrow.

UNIFIED COMMAND AND PERSONNEL:
Incident Commander: Sean Churchfield, Shell

SOSC: Steve Russell, ADEC
FOSC: Paul Mehler, USCG Sector Anchorage
LOSC: Jim Mullican, Deputy Fire Chief (Kodiak)

TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT DISTRIBUTION: 2 p.m., January 1, 2013

Approximate location of the CDU Kulluk. The vessel is currently offshore in shallow water.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Miller, Public Information Officer, (907) 269‐7684 or Ty Keltner, Public Information Officer, ADEC (907) 388‐8822. To contact the Joint Information Center, please call (907) 433‐3417, or visit the following website for additional information: https://www.piersystem.com/go/site/5507/
 

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