VALDEZ, Alaska &mdash Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel responded to the sinking of the fishing vessel Cape Kasilof in the Chenega Modest Boat Harbor Tuesday and continue to monitor pollution response efforts.
The Coast Guard received a report Tuesday afternoon the 33-foot Cape Kasilof sunk in its berth in the Chenega Little Boat Harbor due to extreme snow load. Two 55-gallon fuel drums on the vessel&rsquos deck had been utilised in location of the vessel&rsquos fuel tanks and a mild sheen was reported all around the vessel.
The Coast Guard federalized the situation and hired Alaska Marine Response to remove all pollutants on board and include discharged oil following the Cape Kasilof&rsquos owner indicated his inability to respond to the sinking.
AMR arrived on scene Thursday and deployed containment boom around the vessel. Sorbent pads were positioned inside the boom to recover fuel. Divers inspected the vessel, plugged fuel vents and removed a single drum of fuel which was punctured and leaking. Sheening appeared to quit when the drum was removed from the water.
Complete quantity of fuel discharged is estimated to be approximately ten gallons of diesel and bilge slops. All fuel on the vessel was recovered with the exception of about 7 gallons of hydraulic oil in the engine space which could not be safely accessed by the divers. Containment boom is at the moment anchored in location. MSU Valdez and AMR personnel continue to monitor the scenario.
“The Coast Guard would like to remind mariners of a handful of methods to make sure vessel safety in the course of winter months,” mentioned Lt. j.g. Allie Ferko, MSU Valdez public affairs officer. “Eliminate snow and ice accumulation and keep the scuppers clear of blockage verify shaft packing for excess leakage perform regimen checks for indicators of loose or deteriorating planks on wooden hulled vessels conduct a routine inspection of automatic bilge pumps visually examine all thru-hull fittings for injury or loose connections take away all needless fuel from the boat if away for an extended period of time and organize dependable snow elimination for the vessel and finger pier.”
For much more information contact Lt. j.g. Allie Ferko at [email protected] or 907-835-7209 or cell 972-533-8185.