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M/V Monterrey Grounding


Division of Spill Prevention and Response
Prevention and Emergency Response Program


Puffin Island
M/V Monterrey Grounding

SPILL NUMBER: 12249916001

TIME/DATE OF SPILL: 11:48 p.m. on June 8, 2012

TIME/DATE OF SITUATION REPORT: 12:00 p.m. on June 9, 2012

TYPE/AMOUNT OF PRODUCT SPILLED: Approximately 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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: While en route from Kodiak Island to Bethel, Alaska, the Monterrey, a transport and landing craft, struck a rock shortly after departing, damaging the forward section of the vessel. The vessel was able to return to Kodiak, and is currently holding position on Puffin Island. An estimated 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel has been released to the waters of Chiniak Bay.

POTENTIAL RESPONSIBLE PARTY: U.S. Army 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

RESPONSE ACTION: The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has responded to the incident, and the U.S.C.G. has contracted Alaska Chadux to conduct containment and cleanup activities. The vessel is anchored and approximately 3,000 feet of boom has been deployed around it to contain the release. The vessel’s crew is continuing to transfer remaining fuel from the damaged tanks and compartments to undamaged tanks. Sensitive area protection strategies are being discussed and implemented to protect the Buskin River and Bell Flat areas. Approximately 30 responders from the USCG and Alaska Chadux are currently on scene. Four response vessels are on site, and additional resources for recovering the spilled fuel are being mobilized from Kodiak. An ADEC responder will arrive in Kodiak late this morning to evaluate and assist with response actions.

SOURCE CONTROL: Boom has been placed around the vessel to contain the release. Response personnel have ramped up and are in the process of transferring fuel and securing the leak.

RESOURCES AFFECTED: Marine waters of Chiniak Bay, Kodiak. No reports of affected wildlife have been received.

FUTURE PLANS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Responders will continue work on plans and actions to control and contain the release, and to protect sensitive areas and shoreline.

Incident Commander:
FOSC: Jason Fosdick, USCG
SOSC: Steven Russell, ADEC
Field SOSC: Don Fritz, ADEC

WEATHER: Today – south wind 15 knots, seas 4 feet. Tonight – east wind 10 knots, seas 3 feet.
Sunday – north wind 15 knots, seas 4 feet. Sunday night and Monday – northwest wind 20 knots, seas 6 feet.

TIME/DATE OF THE NEXT REPORT: As the situation warrants.


AGENCY/STAKEHOLDER NOTIFICATION LIST: This situation report was distributed to the agencies listed on the standard distribution list, which includes: the governor’s office, Senator Begich’s office, SEOC, DOI, NMFS, and USFWS, and others.

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