Response teams continue cleanup efforts of oil spill in Shuyak Strait, Alaska

Unified Command response teams deploy containment boom and absorbent materials to collect the remaining product from an oil spill in Shuyak Strait, 49 miles north of Kodiak, Alaska, March 2, 2018. The inflatable boom is anchored around the collapsed buildings to act as a protective wrap for the impacted waterfront in continued attempts to contain the oil spill that occurred Feb. 27, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alaska Chadux, LLC.

Unified Command response teams deploy containment boom and absorbent materials to collect the remaining product from an oil spill in Shuyak Strait. Photo courtesy of Alaska Chadux, LLC.

KODIAK, Alaska – Responders continue to conduct site assessments and implement preliminary cleanup efforts of the oil spill in Shuyak Strait, 49 miles north of Kodiak, Saturday.

Inflatable containment boom was deployed to contain a lightly impacted beach to the immediate west of the spill site next to the boom already in place.

With the new section, 2,100-feet of boom has been deployed in Port William, and absorbent materials are set within the boom to collect the spilled product.

There have been no reports of impacted wildlife in the immediate or outlying areas of the spill site. Teams will continue to conduct twice-daily wildlife assessments of the area.

Response crews are waiting for an assessment of the structural stability of the dock and the building before implementing cleanup of the debris at the site.

“Our responders are diligently making progress on site assessment and oil containment,” said Capt. Sean MacKenzie, Unified Command’s Federal on Scene Coordinator. “Since arriving on scene the Unified Command has gained a better understanding of the next steps needed for site cleanup.”

The Coast Guard has contracted Alaska Chadux Corporation and the vessels of opportunity involved are the Sea Strike, Nuka Island, Cecile Marie and Tiger Cape.

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