Final vessel posing pollution hazard removed from Crescent City Harbor

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. - Response workers remove the oily remains of the final sunken vessel that posed a pollution hazard, the Ge Ge, in the harbor inner boat basin, Saturday, April 9, 2011. The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game and various contractors deployed as pollution response after a tsunami swept through the area, March 11, 2011, sinking the fishing vessel Ge Ge and 15 other vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson.

Response workers remove the oily remains of the final sunken vessel that posed a pollution hazard, in the harbor inner boat basin. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Erik Swanson.

Crescent City Tsunami Response Update

Divers de-fueled the 38-foot fishing vessel Ge Ge  and removed and disposed of the vessel’s oiled remains on Saturday. Divers then conducted a final survey of the clamshell work areas to locate and remove any loose oily debris from the Cyrano IV, Nellie and Ge Ge.

In the coming days, harbor pollution responders will focus on removing containment and absorbent boom that is no longer needed. Boom and work areas will be decontaminated and the unified command has begun demobilizing non-essential equipment and personnel.

Crews have removed approximately 2,045 gallons of petroleum products from damaged vessels and 1,960 cubic yards of oily debris from the inner boat basin. A total of 1,550 feet of containment boom has been deployed during the operation.

The current federal project ceiling from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is ?$3.1 million for pollution mitigation at the Crescent City Harbor. The ?project budget can be adjusted as needed.

The Unified Command is working with more than a dozen local? businesses, including commercial divers, restaurants and hotels, and ?remains committed to using local resources whenever possible.

There are 32 personnel participating in the response effort. This includes ?U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Fish and Game and contractors.

Commercial fishermen with questions about their permits and fees should? call the Department of Fish and Game’s License and Revenue Branch at ?916-928-7470.

Closures or restrictions:
• During crane operations, access will be limited to portions of “A” dock as a safety precaution.
• All docks are open, with the exception of those inside the gated area.
• Safety zone is in place for the inner boat basin only. The harbor is now ?open to vessel traffic.

Harbor operations:
Wildlife: There have been no reports of oiled wildlife. Monitoring is ongoing.
Crews deployed: U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Game ?(DFG), Harbor District personnel and oil spill response organizations.

Information numbers:
Crescent City Harbormaster’s Office: 707-464-6174 ext. 22
Report oil: 1-800-852-7550
Report injured wildlife: 1-877-823-6926
DFG’s License and Revenue Branch: 916-928-7470

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