Coast Guard oversees removal of fuel from sunken vessel in Lake Washington Ship Canal

National Response Center logoSEATTLE — The Coast Guard is responding to a tug that sank at Ballard Oil Company pier in the Lake Washington Ship Canal near Ballard, Washington, Thursday.

The 80-foot non-commercial tug Chief has a reported 620 gallons of diesel onboard with reports of light sheening.

Boom and sorbent pads have been placed around the sunken vessel to contain any further residual pollutants.

The Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division was informed of the sunken vessel by the Washington State National Response Center. Due to the amount of fuel still onboard the Chief, IMD Puget Sound personnel activated the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in the amount of $20,000 and contracted Global Diving and Salvage to assist with removing the fuel from the tug.

Removal of the fuel is scheduled to be completed this morning.

Sector Puget Sound personnel have responded to 6 vessels that have sunk at their moorings in the last month.

The owner of the tug will be responsible for further salvage and removal of the vessel.

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