WARRENTON, Ore. — A unified command composed of the U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality, Washington State Department of Ecology and responsible party was established in response to the diesel fuel discharge at Pier 1 in Astoria, Friday.
An over-flight conducted by an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria at 9 a.m., confirmed that the spill was contained within the boom surrounding the vessel and pier.
Once the leak was secured, the vessel’s engineer sounded the ship’s tank and Coast Guard Incident Management investigators determined a maximum discharge of 1,100 gallons had occurred.
At 12:55 a.m., Port of Astoria personnel reported to Coast Guard Sector Columbia River that the 565-foot, Panamanian-flagged, bulk carrier Global Gold allied with Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria, causing a 4-foot by 8-inch gash in the port side of the hull approximately 30 feet from the stern.
“The quick response and notification of proper authorities by the crew of the M/V Global Gold prevented this spill from becoming a much more serious situation,” said Chief Petty Officer Brad Bennett, a pollution investigator with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “The unified command was established to deploy a safe and timely response to mitigate environmental damage, and this is a collaborative process with the responsible party, both states and the federal government.”
Clean Rivers Cooperative was mobilized and deployed boom around the vessel and pier by 3:30 a.m. The vessel’s crew applied absorbent pads to the small affected area of land at the end of Pier 1.
The vessel was scheduled to load lumber in the Port of Astoria for the next few days, and the vessel will be detained at its current location until repairs can be made.
The cause of the allision and ensuing spill is under investigation.