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Tug Vessel Loses Power, Grounds, and Leaks Diesel in Neva Strait, Sitka, AK

Neva Strait, Sitka, AK | 2022-Mar-21

Initial Notification: At approximately 0400 on 21-Mar2022, the tug vessel Western Mariner lost power in Neva Straits, north of Sitka Sound, and was forced aground via contact from its tow barge Chichagos Provider. The Western Mariner has a total capacity for 45000 gallons of diesel. It is unknown how much fuel was onboard at the time of the grounding. The vessel is leaking diesel. MSD Sitka is requesting and trajectory and fates analysis for the leaking diesel.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:diesel
Total amount at risk of spill: 13000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 57° 16.20′ North
Longitude (approximate): 135° 35.60′ West
On-Water Recovery: Applied
Shoreline Cleanup: Applied
Dispersants: Unknown/Not applicable
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable