Coast Guard oversees pollution cleanup in Port Orchard, Wash

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Debrum, a marine science technician, and Cmdr. Brian Meier, chief of response, Sector Puget Sound, discuss incident management operations after arriving on scene to oversee pollution cleanup from two derelict vessels in Port Orchard, Wash., Jan. 14, 2016. Sector Puget Sound contracted Global Salvage and Diving to clean up the fuel release after receiving an anonymous report of an oily sheen around the abandoned vessels. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Debrum, a marine science technician, and Cmdr. Brian Meier, chief of response, Sector Puget Sound, discuss incident management operations after arriving on scene to oversee pollution cleanup from two derelict vessels in Port Orchard, Wash., Jan. 14, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

SEATTLE — Coast Guard members from the Incident Management Division and the Response Department at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle oversaw the clean up operations of two derelict vessels in Port Orchard, Thursday.

Global Diving and Salvage technicians, who were contracted using funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, safely removed all remaining petroleum products from the vessels.

“Our goal is to safely remove any remaining oil from the two vessels to prevent any further damage to the environment,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Debrum, a marine science technician at sector IMD.

IMD personnel received an anonymous report on Wednesday of a vessel discharging mixed oils and responded to investigate. They found two vessels upon arrival, one on the beach and one moored off shore. A rainbow sheen was observed coming from the beached vessel.

A nearby property owner told investigators that the two vessels were possibly abandoned by a person who was previously evicted from the property.

Coast Guard investigators are still trying to contact the owner. The current property owner was directed by the Department of Natural Resources to put in a request with Kitsap County to have the vessels removed.

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