Coast Guard, State of Alaska monitors defueling of fishing tender near Shoup Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
VALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel continue to monitor response efforts to remove the pollution threat and cargo of fish from the 65-foot fishing tender Fate Hunter, grounded near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez, Friday.

After receiving Coast Guard and ADEC approval of their defueling plan, Global Diving and Salvage and Alaska Chadux mobilized defueling equipment to the site of the grounding, Wednesday. As of Thursday evening, approximately 320 gallons of diesel, 40 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 342 gallons of fuel and water mixture have been recovered from the vessel.

Global Diving and Salvage naval architects are developing a salvage plan to submit for Coast Guard and ADEC review and approval.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a call Sunday morning from the crew of the Fate Hunter, reporting the vessel had run aground near Shoup Bay with four people aboard. Good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Akemi responded to the scene to assist and safely transported all four people to Valdez. No injuries to the crew or major structural damage to the vessel were reported.

Following the grounding Sunday, the vessel’s owner contracted R&R Diving to place boom around the vessel, secure accessible fuel vents and recover three 55-gallon drums floating in the vicinity of the vessel.

The owner of the Fate Hunter also contracted Global Diving & Salvage and Alaska Chadux for ongoing pollution mitigation, diving, lightering, and salvage operations.

Alaska Chadux mobilized pollution mitigation equipment, personnel, and a response boat. They  deployed 333 feet of additional containment boom and 80 feet of sorbent boom around the vessel.

“Captain of the Port Prince William Sound, issued a captain of the port order to the owner of the Fate Hunter on Sunday,” said Lt. Keyth Pankau, response department head, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “The order directs the vessel to remain in its current location until defueling, salvage, and towing plans, as well as temporary repairs are approved by the Coast Guard.”

Global Diving and Salvage mobilized lightering and salvage equipment, response personnel, and a dive team to Valdez and contracted two Valdez-based vessels to assist in the response, Monday.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard, ADEC, Global Diving and Salvage, Alaska Chadux, and the responsible party conducted a site survey to determine the best course of action for fuel removal operations. A dive survey was also conducted to assess the condition of the vessel and the rock shelf on which the vessel rests. Based on these surveys, it was determined that the safest option for removing fuel, hydraulic and lube oils would be to conduct defueling operations while the vessel remains in its current location.

At the time of the grounding, the Fate Hunter was reportedly carrying approximately 1,500 gallons of diesel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil, 100 gallons of lube oil, and 150,000 pounds of fish. No sheening has been reported outside the containment boom surrounding the vessel.

The Fate Hunter is homeported in Astoria, Ore. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

Click the photo for more from the scene.

Coast Guard and State of Alaska personnel continue to monitor response efforts to remove pollution threats and fish cargo from the 65-foot fishing tender Fate Hunter, grounded near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez, Alaska, Aug. 16, 2013. As of Aug. 15, 2013, approximately 320 gallons of diesel, 40 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 342 gallons of fuel and water mixture have been recovered from the vessel by Alaska Chadux and Global Diving & Salvage. U.S. Coast Guard photo by MSU Valdez

Coast Guard and State of Alaska personnel continue to monitor response efforts to remove pollution threats and fish cargo from the 65-foot fishing tender Fate Hunter, grounded near Shoup Bay, four miles west of Valdez, Alaska, Aug. 16, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by MSU Valdez

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