Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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44 Proceedings Spring 2015 an approximate 4,000-barrel spill of heavy fuel oil from the bulk carrier and a potential 40,000-barrel spill from the barge. During the next few weeks, the operation quickly grew into a large-scale, multi-agency response, with oil from the spill affecting more than 60 miles of shoreline. We stood up two incident command posts, multiple staging areas, and an area command. Responders deployed nearly 40 miles of protective boom, skimmed more than 400,000 gallons (approximately 9,500 barrels) of oil/water mixture, removed oil from dozens of miles of shoreline, disposed of millions of pounds of oiled waste, and decontaminated approximately 300 vessels. 2 More than 5,000 personnel were involved at the height of the response, including personnel from the responsible parties, numerous oil spill removal organizations, as well as federal, state, and local agency representatives. 3 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Fortunately, we were able to quickly clean the oil-impacted shorelines, and the response entered into a "monitor and maintenance" phase by the middle of April. While we will document response successes and lessons learned in our report to the National Response Team, we attribute the speed and success with which this spill was resolved to several factors. On March 22, 2014, a 585-foot bulk carrier and an oil barge collided where the Texas City Channel, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Houston Ship Channel converge. 1 Locals call this area the "Texas City Y," since the deep-draft Texas City Channel branches off from the Houston Ship Channel, forming a "Y" shape. As the federal on-scene coordinator and leadership team overseeing the spill response, we were faced with managing Beyond Augmentation Specialized forces in the Texas City "Y" spill response. by cAPt BriAn Penoyer Commander U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston cAPt rAndAl ogrydziAK Commanding Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur cAPt liSA cAMPBell Senior Reserve Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District cdr ricArdo AlonSo Commanding Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City cdr Kevin lynn Commanding Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team cdr zeitA MercHAnt Special Assistant Vice Commandant of the United State Coast Guard L cdr vAlerie Boyd Commanding Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Military Entrance Processing Station Miami Oil Spill Response Damage to the barge's hull. U.S. Coast Guard photo by LT Mehai Leta.

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