MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: COAST GUARD, PARTNER AGENCIES BEGIN POLLUTION REMOVAL OPERATIONS FOR CAPSIZED VESSEL NEAR BETHEL ISLAND

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Army Corps of Engineers, and other partner agencies began pollution removal operations Wednesday for a capsized vessel near Bethel Island. The crane arrived at approximately 3 p.m. and subsequently began operations to right and dewater the Spirit of Sacramento. Operations are estimated to last 24 hours.   Once the Spirit of Sacramento has been dewatered, it is scheduled to be towed to the Army Corps of Engineers facility in Sausalito where oil and fuel are scheduled to be removed. Containment boom was placed in the water surrounding the vessel so that in the event of oil or fuel entering the water during operations, it could be contained and retrieved by crews standing by with skimming equipment. Boom was also placed in predetermined locations to protect wildlife and sensitive areas. The waterway surrounding the Spirit of Sacramento was closed Wednesday morning and is scheduled to reopen once operations have concluded. For more information on the public notice establishing the waterway closure, click here.

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11th Coast Guard District
Contact: District 11 Public Affairs
Email: d11.smb.d11pa@uscg.mil
Office: (510) 437-3808

UPDATE: COAST GUARD, PARTNER AGENCIES PREPARE FOR POLLUTION REMOVAL OF CAPSIZED VESSEL NEAR BETHEL ISLAND

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Army Corps of Engineers, and other partner agencies are preparing Tuesday to remove a capsized vessel near Bethel Island.

The operations for the Spirit of Sacramento are scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon with an approximate duration of 24 hours. The salvage operation would involve rotating the vessel via a crane mounted atop a barge and raising the vessel for dewatering.

Once the Spirit of Sacramento has been dewatered, it is scheduled to be towed to the Army Corps of Engineers facility in Sausalito where oil and fuel are scheduled to be removed.

Before operations begin, approximately 3,000 feet of oil containment boom is to be placed in the water surrounding the vessel so that in the event of oil or fuel entering the water during operations, it could be contained and retrieved by crews standing by with skimming equipment. Boom will also be placed in predetermined areas to protect wildlife and sensitive areas.

The waterway surrounding the Spirit of Sacramento is scheduled to be closed beginning Wednesday morning and end once operations have concluded. For more information on the public notice establishing the waterway closure, click here.

Editor’s note: A boat will be available for media interested in getting underway to observe the operation. Media interested should contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton at 510-772-8865, as space is limited to two spots. Media should arrive at Sugar Barge RV Resort and Marina at 1440 Sugar Barge Rd, Bethel Island, CA 94511 by 2 p.m. A spokesperson from the Coast Guard will be available for interviews. If there are more media than spots available, media representatives on scene will be asked to form a media pool. The Department of Fish and Wildlife requests that media use the prescribed staging area at Sugar Barge RV Resort and Marina and refrain from driving on any levees to mitigate impacts to endangered species.

11th Coast Guard District
Contact: District 11 Public Affairs
Email: d11.smb.d11pa@uscg.mil
Office: (510) 437-3808

UPDATE: SAN PABLO SHEEN EVENT UNIFIED COMMAND RESPONSE CONCLUDES, AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE

RODEO, Calif. — The Unified Command established for the San Pablo Bay sheen event was demobilized Friday as the sheen has dissipated and there is no additional cleanup work to perform.

The Unified Command was formed to respond to the sheen and is responsible only for coordination of cleanup operations. More information on the role of the unified command can be found at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=101258&inline.

Separate from the Unified Command response, Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel will continue their investigations into a broad range of potential sources of the sheen including refineries, facilities and vessels. Both agencies have collected samples of the sheen along with samples from various potential sources.

Information and updates on those investigations will be released from the respective investigating agencies when available.

  • No new sheen has been observed since Wednesday morning.
  • Operations at the Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery marine dock remain temporarily shut down. Other refinery operations are unaffected.
  • Cleanup operations are complete and containment boom is still in the area and scheduled to be removed Saturday.
  • There have been no reports of oiled wildlife.
  • There have been no injuries associated with the release.

Contacts:

  • Coast Guard at 510-772-8865
  • California Fish and Wildlife at 916-952-3317
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District at http://www.baaqmd.gov

Previous news releases can be viewed at the Coast Guard District 11 Newsroom page.

UPDATE: UNIFIED COMMAND CONTINUES INVESTIGATION, RESPONSE INTO SAN PABLO BAY SHEEN EVENT

RODEO, Calif. — The unified command established for the San Pablo Bay sheen event continues its joint investigation and response Thursday into the source and cause of the sheen.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco completed a flyover of the San Pablo Bay area Thursday morning reporting no visible sheen. No sheen has been observed in the area since Wednesday afternoon.

The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Contra Costa County’s Hazardous Materials Department and Phillips 66. Personnel from the National Response Center and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continue their response efforts.

Phillips 66 personnel have temporarily suspended operations at their facility’s Rodeo refinery marine dock while inspections and the investigations continue into what caused the sheen.

  • The source and volume of the material released are still unknown.
  • Containment boom remains in place at the dock.
  • There have been no reports of oiled wildlife.
  • As part of the ongoing investigation, Phillips 66 is scheduled to conduct testing of dock transfer pipelines Thursday, and inspections of the ship docked at the refinery continue.
  • Federal and state agencies continue to investigate a broad range of potential sheen sources including refineries, facilities and vessels.

There have been no injuries associated with the release. The safety of the public, responders and protection of the environment are of utmost importance. These priorities will guide the efforts of the agencies on the response.

The Coast Guard identified a sheen Tuesday just over a mile long by 40 yards wide on the water in the northern San Pablo Bay area. A second sheen was identified Wednesday during a Coast Guard overflight near Phillips 66’s Rodeo refinery marine dock. Several vessels and skimmers conducted containment and cleanup operations and 1,000-feet of boom was placed on the water surrounding the refinery dock. As of Wednesday afternoon, there has been no visible sheen surrounding the dock or in the northern part of the bay.

For media inquiries, please contact the Joint Information Center at 510-245-5920.

Spokespersons from the Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response will be available for interviews at the Phillips 66 facility parking lot at 2:30 p.m.

To report oiled wildlife, please call 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).

Previous news releases can be viewed at www.uscgnews.com

Contact: Rodeo Joint Information Center
Office: (510) 245-5920

UPDATE: UNIFIED COMMAND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR SAN PABLO BAY SHEEN

RODEO — A unified command has been established with the United States Coast Guard, California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention & Response, Contra Costa County’s Hazardous Materials Department and Phillips 66 to respond to oil sheen in San Pablo Bay.

Unified Command is a structure that brings together agencies that have spill response authority and organizations involved in a spill incident in order to coordinate an effective response, while allowing each to carry out their own jurisdictional, legal and functional responsibilities.

Additional responding agencies include the National Response Center (NRC) along with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Operations at the marine terminal have been temporarily shut down as the incident and the cause of the sheen are investigated.

  • The source and volume of the material released is unknown at this time.
  • Spill containment boom has been deployed.
  • A plan is being created at this time to clean up the area around the vessel.

The safety of the community, the environment and the public are of utmost importance. These priorities will guide the efforts of the agencies on the response. There have been no injuries associated with the release and there is no anticipated health impact to the community. No visibly oiled wildlife have been reported or observed at this time.

For media inquiries, please contact the Joint Information Center 510-245-5920.

To report oiled wildlife, please call 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).

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Sector San Francisco PAO
Contact: Sector San Francisco Public Affairs
Office: (415) 740-4364

OSPR Investigating Sheen in North San Pablo Bay

San Pablo, Calif. – Office of Spill Prevention and Response is responding to reports of a sheen on the water in north San Pablo Bay.

OSPR field personnel are on their way to investigate the source. Clean up personnel are already on scene. Working with the US Coast Guard, OSPR will assess the situation and further information will be made available at Cal Spill Watch.

Media contact: Amy Norris, OSPR Public Information Officer, (916) 952-3317

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UPDATE: COAST GUARD AND PARTNER AGENCIES CONTINUE STABILIZATION, PLANNING FOR CAPSIZED VESSEL NEAR BETHEL ISLAND

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and other partner agencies are moving forward Wednesday with efforts to prepare the Spirit of Sacramento for fuel removal operations.

Several scenarios are being developed to safely remove the pollution threat, which include righting the vessel and removing the fuel, or removing the fuel while the boat remains in its current position.

“Because this situation is so unique, the strong partnership between the Coast Guard and state and local agencies has been absolutely critical,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rhianna Macon, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco incident management chief and incident commander for the Spirit of Sacramento case. “The effort to leverage each agency’s jurisdictional authorities to protect the public, environment and wildlife has been extensive. Our primary focus is to ensure we’re doing this safely.” Continue reading