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Ethel H (II)

Hudson River, New York | 1977-Feb-04

Initial Notification: On February 4, 1977, at approximately 1900, the Ethel H (II) ran aground on Con Hook Rock in the Hudson River near West Point, New York, while being towed by the tug McAllister Brothers. The forward section of the barge began taking on water. Due to darkness and heavy ice conditions, none of the 60,000 barrels of No. 6 oil aboard the Ethel H (II) was observed to be leaking into the water at the time of the grounding. At 0255 February 5, the dispatcher reported oil leaking from the #1 starboard tank on the Ethel H (II). Oil was observed both north and south of the vessel, but did not reach the shore due to 12 to 20 inches of shorebound ice. By 1015, the Ethel H (II) had shifted partially off Con Hook Rock and was in danger of sinking. Tugs assisted to help prevent the barge from sinking. Sea Land Environmental Engineering Co, contracted by McAllister Towing Co., and the USCG Atlantic Strike Team (AST) arrived on-scene February 5. After oil was pumped from submerged tanks, the barge's list was reduced to 15 degrees. Once the barge was secured from sinking, Amerada Hess Corporation, owners of the Ethel H (II) and McAllister Towing Co., refused responsibility for clean-up of any oil in the Hudson River. The USCG took control of the cleanup, retaining Sea Land Environmental Engineering Company as the prime contractor. Reports of oiled birds prompted the New York State Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a primary bird cleaning center. Several marinas and boat clubs on the Hudson reported oil impacts. Extensive clean-up efforts continued through April 14, funded by the federal 3ll(k) oil pollution fund. USCG district 1. Keyword: Atlantic Strike Team (AST), Air-Deliverable Anti-Pollution Transfer System (ADAPTS), lightering, boom, vacuum truck, oil snares, manual removal, skimmer, high-pressure washing, fingerprinting, steam generators, Shell Solvent 70..

Incident Details
Products of concern:No. 6 Fuel Oil
Latitude (approximate): 41° 21.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 73° 57.00′ West