Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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34 Proceedings Spring 2015 Strike Force (NSF) and commercial lightering resources offoaded 1,024,000 barrels of oil within a 13-day period, preventing further pollution from entering the environment and allowing the salvage team to stabilize and safely re-foat the vessel. Oil Containment On March 28, the OWOCRS was loaded onboard the Coast Guard buoy tender USCGC Sedge and transported to Prince William Sound. The Sedge and a private long liner fshing vessel towed the open water oil containment and recovery system, but its success was short lived. A weather front went through the Prince William Sound region; and as a result, the oil was spread throughout the sound and absorbed large amounts of foating vegetation and debris, creating oil slicks that had the viscosity of tar. Although the open water oil containment and recovery sys- tem was very successful at containing the heavy oil, the diaphragm pumps on the system would not handle the vis- cosity of the oil. However, the containment boom element was very successful in containing the heavy oil and holding When the Exxon Valdez grounded at Bligh Reef at about 12:30 a.m., on March 24, 1989, Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation investigators determined that the vessel lost approximately 215,000 of the million-plus barrels of oil onboard. Lightering The Pacifc Strike Team (PST) was notifed of the incident at about 2 a.m. on March 24, and the crew deployed from their facility in Novato, California, with a C-130 aircraft- load of pumping equipment to assist with lightering opera- tions. Two PST members were sent to Anchorage, Alaska, to prepare the open water oil containment and recovery system (OWOCRS) pre-staged at Elmendorf Air Force Base, for delivery to Valdez. The grounded vessel was in an unstable condition, and the remaining 1,040,000 barrels of oil posed a signifcant and continuous threat to the environment. In total, National The Exxon Valdez Spill Twenty-fve years later. by Mr. gAry A. reiter President Westcliffe Environmental Management Inc. Mr. glenn WiltSHire Deputy Port Director Port Everglades Mr. JAcK KeMerer Chief Fishing Vessels Division U.S. Coast Guard Offce of Commercial Vessel Compliance Oil Spill Response ADAPTS pumps used to lighter Exxon Valdez. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The CGC Sedge and a private fshing vessel tow the OWOCRS. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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