F/V Long Star Siking Sitrep Revised
Below is the revised situation report. The previous report stated that the Coast Guard conducted the overflight. The overflight was actually conducted by Magone Marine Services and Alaska Chadux.
The information about the fishery closure was not included in the report since the fishery was reopened. Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an Emergency order 23 on June 30th; closing the set gillnet fishery. On July 1st, Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an Emergency Order 26, reopening the fishery.
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program
F/V Lone Star Sinking
SITREP #: 1
SPILL #: 13269918101
TIME/DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: 2:30 p.m. July 1, 2013
POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY (PRP): Charles Burrece, Vessel Owner
INCIDENT LOCATION: Igushik River, Nushagak Bay, 30 river miles from Dillingham
TIME/DATE OF SPILL: 6:55 a.m. June 30, 2013
HOW/WHEN SPILL WAS DISCOVERED/REPORTED: The crew of the fishing vessel Lone Star notified the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) of the sinking at 6:55 a.m. on June 30, 2013. The Coast Guard notified ADEC at 8:59 a.m. on the same day.
TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: The vessel’s crew reported to the Coast Guard that the vessel was carrying 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 250 gallons of unleaded gasoline, 150 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 150 gallons of lubricating oils at the time of sinking. The amount and type of petroleum product spilled is unknown at this time. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted an overflight on June 30 and observed a light sheen in the vicinity of the vessel.
CAUSE OF SPILL: The Lone Star’s crew reported to the Coast Guard that the anchor line struck the vessel’s transducer while they were anchoring vessel, causing damage to the hull. The vessel began taking on water and capsized in 18 feet of water.
SOURCE CONTROL: None reported at the time of the incident.
RESPONSE ACTION: The Coast Guard contracted Magone Marine Services, Inc. (Magone Marine) to remove the petroleum products off of the vessel and Alaska Chadux Corporation (Chadux) to respond to the spill. Chadux mobilized six personnel and response equipment to Dillingham. Magone Marine and Chadux conducted an overflight at 10:55 a.m. today to assess the vessel’s condition and returned to Dillingham. Magone Marine and Chadux representatives reported that the vessel’s bow was underwater, with its stern exposed. A very faint silver sheen was observed coming from the stern and moving to the northeast in the river. The sheen was approximately 300 feet by 20 feet in size. The overflight helicopter landed on the south shore of the Igushik River so the Magone Marine and Chadux representatives could assess conditions in the area. While on shore, they spoke to a local fisherman, who reported no shore impact in the immediate area. Many set net skiffs were anchored along the river’s north bank, upwind of the Lone Star.
RESOURCES AFFECTED: Commercial set net and vessel-based fisheries in the Nushagak River area. During the 10:55 a.m. overflight, Magone Marine and Chadux representatives reported observing approximately 20 beluga whales and some gulls and other water fowl. No sign of oil was seen near the observed wildlife.
FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: One ADEC representative is scheduled to arrive in Dillingham today to monitor response actions. Magone Marine will submit a response plan for Coast Guard and ADEC approval.
WEATHER: Today: Patchy fog and rain; southwest winds 25 knots; seas 11 feet. Tomorrow: Patchy fog and rain; southwest winds 20 knots; seas 8 feet.
UNIFIED COMMAND AND PERSONNEL:
SOSC: John Brown, ADEC
FOSC: Jeff Estes, USCG
Field SOSC: Mark Sielaff, ADEC
TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT DISTRIBUTION: 2:30 p.m. on July 2, 2013
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Russell, SOSC, ADEC (907) 262-3401 or John Brown, Deputy SOSC, ADEC (907) 269-7688
Capsized F/V Lone Star, June 30, 2013. (Photo/ADF&G)