Cleanup Efforts Continue for Diesel Fuel Spill Near Valdez

 JUNEAU, Alaska – Response personnel from the Alaska Chadux Corporation in coordination with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are set to begin a surface clean-up and remove the remaining diesel fuel from the fishing vessel (F/V) Nordic Viking, which ran hard aground late Saturday evening breaching one of its nine fuel tanks.

Response crews arrived on scene early Sunday afternoon to assess and control the extent of pollution from the Nordic Viking. An estimated amount of up to 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled upon grounding.

Currently, the removal of the remaining fuel from the vessel has begun, and the engine spaces have been patched and dewatered. Reports of sheening remain in some areas near St. Mathews Bay and Olsen Bay. The major sheen has broken up and is evaporating rapidly. No wildlife has been reported impacted.

Coast Guard personnel will continue to monitor the fuel transfer off the vessel and the fuel sheens.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

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