M/V Monterrey Grounding SITREP # 2
Aerial photo showing vessel grounding on Puffin Island near Kodiak.
PHOTO: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program
M/V Monterrey Grounding
SITREP # 2
SPILL NUMBER: 12249916001
TIME/DATE OF SPILL: 11:48 p.m. on June 8, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard reported the incident to ADEC at 2:45 a.m. on June 9, 2012.
TIME/DATE OF SITUATION REPORT: 4:00 p.m. on June 11, 2012
TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: ADEC estimates that between 8,000 and 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel have been released.
INCIDENT LOCATION: Puffin Island, in Chiniak Bay, Kodiak Island. Puffin Island is approximately 2.5 miles south of the city of Kodiak.
CAUSE OF SPILL: Shortly after departing Kodiak on June 8, the Monterrey, a 174-foot landing craft, struck Discovery Rocks in Chiniak Bay, damaging the forward section of the vessel. As directed by the Coast Guard, the crew beached the vessel on Puffin Island to keep it from sinking. Fuel escaped from the vessel’s #3 and #4 starboard fuel tanks, which were ruptured by the initial collision. The Monterrey was carrying 42,000 gallons of fuel on board when they departed Kodiak. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the collision.
POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY: U.S. Army 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command
RESPONSE ACTION: The Monterrey remains aground at Puffin Island, surrounded by boom to contain spilled fuel. Additional boom was placed around the damaged part of the vessel following an additional release of fuel from a damaged tank at approximately 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Coast Guard contractor Alaska Chadux continues to contain and clean up fuel in Saint Paul Harbor and in the area of the Monterrey.
The Monterrey’s crew is currently transferring the estimated 2,500 gallons of fuel that remain in the damaged #4 tank to undamaged tanks on board. All 8,000 gallons of fuel in the #3 tank were released.
ADEC and Coast Guard responders conducted a visual survey this morning and found sheen in recoverable quantities at Gibson Cove and the St. Paul small boat harbor. Responders are recovering sheen from the water near those areas and from the shoreline where possible.
Personnel from the Coast Guard, Army Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Crowley Maritime Corporation and Titan Salvage are developing a salvage plan.
SOURCE CONTROL: Response personnel are transferring remaining fuel from damaged tanks.
RESOURCES AFFECTED: Marine waters of Chiniak Bay, Kodiak.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel reported seeing no oiled wildlife during a skiff-based seabird and marine mammal survey around Puffin Island this morning. ADEC has received no reports of oiled wildlife.
No evidence of oil has been found at the Buskin River, an important salmon river, or Bell Flats, an environmentally sensitive area at the head of Womens Bay.
FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: The Coast Guard will transfer command of the spill response and salvage to the Army Expeditionary Sustainment Command tomorrow. Responders will continue work to control and contain the release, clean up recoverable fuel, protect sensitive shoreline and develop a vessel salvage plan.
UNIFIED COMMAND AND PERSONNEL:
FOSC: Jason Fosdick, USCG
SOSC: Steven Russell, ADEC
Field SOSC: Don Fritz, ADEC
WEATHER: Today – west wind 15 knots, seas 3 feet, rain showers. Tonight – west wind 15 knots, seas 3 feet.
Tuesday – variable wind 10 knots, seas 2 feet.
TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT: As the situation warrants.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Russell, ADEC, 907-262-3401
AGENCY/STAKEHOLDER NOTIFICATION LIST: This situation report was distributed to the agencies listed on the standard distribution list, whichincludes: the governor’s office, Senator Begich’s office, SEOC, DOI, NMFS, and USFWS, et al.