Final plans to tow stricken
July 26, 2007
he owner of the NORDIC VIKING, in conjunction with response personnel
from the Alaska Chadux Corporation, Coast Guard Marine Safety
Unit Valdez, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
are continuing to work on final plans to tow the fishing vessel
(F/V) NORDIC VIKING to Seward and complete spill clean-up efforts.
Fishing vessel (F/V)
NORDIC VIKING, which ran hard
aground near Valdez late Saturday evening
The fishing vessel, which ran hard aground near Valdez late Saturday
evening breaching one of its nine fuel tanks releasing an estimated
3,500 gallons of diesel, was freed from the beach late Tuesday
evening after response crews safely transferred 12,113 gallons
of diesel off the vessel into awaiting barges. The engine
space and fuel tank have been patched and currently the owner
is making final arrangements to have the anchored vessel towed
to Seward, Alaska.
Response crews arrived on scene
early Sunday afternoon to assess and control the extent of pollution
from the F/V NORDIC VIKING. An estimated amount of up to
3,500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled upon grounding.
Light, scattered sheening
remained in some areas near St. Mathews Bay and Olsen Bay as
of Wednesday afternoon.
Light, scattered sheening remained
in some areas near St. Mathews Bay and Olsen Bay as of Wednesday
afternoon. Efforts to collect that sheening were not feasible.
Shoreline assessment teams are evaluating these areas for any
impact, which will dictate any additional response measures necessary.
These teams are comprised of trained monitors from the Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation, NOAA, the Coast Guard,
U.S. Forest Service and experts hired by the owners.
To date, there has been no
discernable impact to wildlife and monitoring actions of potentially
affected wildlife populations continue.
The cause of the grounding
remains under investigation.
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