As crane barge arrives offshore, pollution removal top priority for Crescent City Harbor

CRESCENT CITY, Calif -- Divers with MM Diving work to hook chain around the keel of a sunken vessel in the Crescent City Harbor in preparation to lift the vessel out of the water with inflatable float bags for salvage Wednesday, March 15, 2011. A tsunami, which resulted from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Japan on March 11, destroyed much of the harbor and its vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaclyn Young.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jaclyn Young.

Crescent City Tsunami Operations Center Update
Date: March 24, 2011
Location: Crescent City Inner Basin Harbor, Crescent City, California
Cause: Tsunami following 9.0 earthquake in Japan (March 11)

Operational Update:

  • A heavy-lift crane barge from the San Francisco Bay Area has arrived offshore to facilitate the mitigation of pollution hazards. This is an important step, so Crescent City can begin restoring its harbor.
  • Once the four-man crew has positioned the crane barge in the harbor and completed set-up, it will begin hoisting operations. Set-up may take several days, weather permitting.
  • Responders have identified 10 sunken vessels that remain a potential pollution threat. The crane will raise the vessels to allow for removal of pollution, and then place them onshore for the Harbor District.
  • Cleanup crews have removed approximately 1,307 gallons of petroleum products from damaged vessels and 1,250 cubic yards of debris from the inner boat basin.
  • The Coast Guard reduced the safety zone, opening up the Crescent City Harbor to vessel traffic and commercial fishing. Only the inner boat basin remains closed.
  • Those seeking to transfer their fishing vessel permits should contact the Department of Fish and Game’s License and Revenue Branch at 916-928-7470.
  • There are 71 personnel participating in the response effort. This includes two contracted dive teams.
  • The Unified Command has used several local contractors and remains committed to using local resources whenever possible.Closures or restrictions:
  • Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., C, D, E, and F docks are open to owners of vessels within the boomed off area. Vessel owners should contact Coast Guard Auxiliary members at the Harbor Office to schedule a visit. For emergencies only, owners wishing to access their vessels outside of that time frame may contact the Coast Guard. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Personal flotation devices are required on all docks.
  • Harbor is closed to the public at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until further notice.
  • Safety zone in place for inner boat basin only. The harbor is now open to vessel traffic.Harbor operations: Crescent City Harbor asks affected boat owners to contact the harbor at 707-464-6174 ext. 22 to provide the following information: Boat name, official number/VIN, fuel capacity, actual fuel onboard, and contact information.

    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 to 1-800-852-7550
  • Report Injured Wildlife to 1-877-823-6926
  • DFG’s License and Revenue Branch: 916-928-7470.


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