Fuel removal complete, salvage begins on ITB Hook Point-Alaganik near Cordova, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
VALDEZ, Alaska—The Coast Guard continues to monitor the integrated tug and barge Hook Point-Alaganik following the vessel’s grounding on the Gulf of Alaska coast, sixty miles southeast of Cordova, Alaska.

Alaska Marine Response, LLC personnel arrived at the site of the grounding via aircraft Thursday evening, offloaded response equipment and began fuel removal operations on the tug and barge.

As of late Friday afternoon, all recoverable fuel and oil have been removed from the vessel, totaling 1,740 gallons of diesel fuel and 225 gallons of hydraulic and miscellaneous fluids. All fuels and liquids are being stored in containers above the high water line and both the tug and barge remain on the beach. No sheen has been reported since the original time of the incident.

“With the threat of pollution removed, Alaska Marine Response, LLC is working to assess structural damage and develop a salvage plan to remove the tug and barge from the beach,” said Lt. Keyth Pankau, response department head, Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “Due to the remote location of the grounding, salvage operations are anticipated to span several weeks and are dependent on equipment availability, weather, and tides.”

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation continue to monitor response efforts.

The Hook Point-Alaganik, with two people on board, was working on a tsunami debris clean-up project on the Alaskan coast when they encountered heavy waves combined with strong currents and ice from the Seal River. Impact with ice broke the mechanical system holding the tug and barge together and heavy waves washed both up onto the beach Wednesday afternoon.

The Hook Point-Alaganik is homeported in Cordova, Alaska.

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