Annual Spill Reports from 2002
through Dec 31, 2012
Since 1988 through Dec 31, 2012, IOSA has been paged for more than 600 spills or
possible spills in San Juan County and 4 major spills out of county.
2012 Summary of Spill Pages and Responses
(In 2012: 29 calls/pages,
with 3 full responses and 10 assessments)
IOSA responder that 24’ sailboat had blown ashore in Fisherman
Bay, Lopez; anchor broke loose & it’s up against a structure;
outboard was removed, no spill.
Response: Sheriff page: call from UW Labs re: boat blown
ashore in Beaverton Cove; IOSA responder assessed by boat,
found 30’ cement sailboat on rocks, one side underwater, diesel,
engine oil & debris inside cabin & deck, deployed 100 pads
inside cabin; 2 IOSA responders took response vessel Green
Heron to site with more pads & manual pump. USCG arrived &
hired IOSA to pump remaining fuel from tank into 42-gallon
barrel & recover fuel-soaked pads in spill bags. Approx. 16
gals. diesel & mixed diesel/engine oil was recovered & taken to
interim storage site for disposal. Plan was made for salvage
operation the next morning.
USCG re: 213’ Coast Guard cutter Acushnet
(de-commissioned) between Lopez & Shaw Islands with 30,000 gals.
diesel onboard has lost power, is being towed around in circles
off Odlin Park while awaiting a larger towing vessel. Vessel
was eventually towed by a larger tug over to Anacortes.
Sheriff: call from DOE re: report of a 5-gal. red gas can
floating in Rosario Strait, seen from the ferry. Nothing seen
since, no further reports, no fuel release.
Response: Call from Towline Marine requesting IOSA
deploy boom ASAP around a 50’ steel vessel that began sinking in
Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, during operation to pump fuel off the
vessel. Towline reports they had pumped 85 gallons off when the
rusty bottom broke through & the vessel began to sink. There
could still be more than 100 gallons diesel on the boat.
Responder towed boom trailer to launch ramp & was joined by
another IOSA 1st responder to deploy boom. Towline
patched the hole & stopped the vessel from sinking; asked IOSA
to keep boom around vessel while they continued to pump off fuel
& attempt to move vessel to the nearby boat ramp for removal.
IOSA deployed 200’ containment boom to contain any fuel and/or
other hazmats, as well as debris from the vessel as it fell
apart; By evening, 280 gallons of diesel had been removed
& boom was secured in place around the vessel overnight while it
remained at the boat ramp. Boom was removed the next afternoon
(Feb 11) after Towline had it secured, with all fuel & hazmats
removed. Towline Marine towed the vessel to Anacortes the next
morning; IOSA responder handled disposal of some fuel &
batteries removed from the boat.
Response: IOSA paged at 9pm by Sheriff’s office to call
the USCG re: a sunken vessel on Trump Island. IOSA coordinator
called USCG, who gave her the contact information for the
caretaker of the vessel. He had discovered that morning that the
40’ aluminum hull vessel was sunk in the stern, bow up, and that
later that afternoon the vessel rolled over on its starboard
side. It was tied to the dock on the port side. He reported
the vessel had approximately 200 gallons of diesel
onboard at the time of sinking but says that as of
nightfall, there was no fuel leaking. Caretaker said
arrangements had already been made through the insurance agent
for Vessel Assist/A-1 Marine to salvage the vessel as soon as
weather allowed. IOSA reported back to the Coast Guard, who
said that containment boom needs to be deployed around the
vessel until it is out of the water. IOSA called Vessel Assist,
who said they plan to raise the boat as soon as possible but
they don’t have containment boom or equipment for cleanup in
case of fuel release. At 10:10 pm, IOSA received a call from
the Dept. of Ecology, wanting to ensure that IOSA had been
contracted to get boom around the boat ASAP. The USCG, DOE and
IOSA agreed that due to the fact that there was no leak so far
and that it would not be safe or effective to deploy a boat and
crew that night because of rough weather, IOSA would get a crew
together to head out at first light the next morning. First
Responders were called, plans were made for a crew of 3 to head
out in the morning.
2012: 7 am: Three IOSA First Responders left the Shoal
Bay dock on the north end of Lopez Island on IOSA’s 45’ powered
barge, the Sea Goose, which carries 1000’ of containment
boom, anchors & other containment & recovery equipment at all
times; arrived at Trump Island shortly before 8 am. They
reported no fuel release so far and deployed 200’ of containment
boom, then another 100’ when they determined the wind was
pushing the boom so close to the boat that it would not
effectively contain any fuel released without being able to be
anchored further away from the vessel. Vessel Assist informed
IOSA that they would arrive with the barge and salvage gear
around noon and their divers, who were coming from Orcas Island,
would arrive around 11:30 am. When they arrived, the IOSA
crew opened up the boom so the Vessel Assist crew could get in
close enough for their salvage operations while IOSA responders
tended the boom and watched for any fuel release. As is usually
the case, diesel fuel began to bubble up to the surface as soon
as the salvage operation began and the boat’s position was
changed. With sorbent pads and sorbent sweep, IOSA responders
ultimately recovered approximately 12 gallons of diesel while
the boat was being raised and the water pumped out by Vessel
After the boat
was successfully raised, pumped out and floating, with no more
fuel being released into the water, IOSA responders pulled the
anchor, loaded the boom back onto the Sea Goose and drove
back to Shoal Bay, where the Sea Goose is stationed.
They began the cleanup of the deck and everything involved in
getting IOSA’s main response vessel in the same condition it was
prior to this response so that it is ready to go for the next
from Orcas Island called to alert IOSA that a 23’ sailboat with
a small outboard & a gas can had been sitting on a beach on
Orcas for 2 days & the owner had no insurance to pay for help.
Owner eventually got friends to help with boat removal, no fuel
Assessment by land: Page from Sheriff 8 pm: residents
living near Turn Point, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, called
to report seeing & smelling what appears to be “heavy fuel” on
the water, rainbow sheen, circles on the water, a narrow slick
about 20’ out from the rocks just below their deck. It becomes
milky & has a strong smell. No boats or other machinery nearby.
Resident will call if it’s still there at first light.
April 26, 7am: Resident called, says it looks the same, says
property used to be a dump. IOSA responder went to home to
assess; says no apparent source, appears to be coming from
beneath the rocks. IOSA called SJ County Pollution Prevention
Officer, who will go to home right away & try to determine
by WA State Emergency Operations Center to report that a person
at the dock up on Sucia Island had accidently dumped 1 gal. of
diesel from their boat into the water. IOSA called & talked with
Sucia State Park Ranger who reports it has dispersed & there is
IOSA paged by
Sheriff 8:15 pm: USCG reports a 27’ boat hit a marker near Sucia
Island; 4.5 litres of gas onboard, no leak reported. Owner is
staying with boat overnight. Towline Marine is handling it, will
call back. Towline reports boat now in 3’ of water, has 15 ltrs
of diesel in tank, 4.5 ltrs in aft locker. Towline is meeting
owner in the morning, will call IOSA if needed. No sheen or
fuel release reported.
Assessment by land: IOSA paged re: report of oil on
beach at Stuart Island; IOSA responder assessed, found nothing.
Assessment by land & boat: IOSA called by DOE re: report
of what appears to be thick oil in rocky soil near John’s Pass
up on east side Stuart Island. IOSA responder from Stuart
Island assessed by boat & by land, unable to find anything at
all; was most likely algae bloom.
IOSA called by
DOE to report a small spill of diesel near Roche Harbor that
occurred during an internal transfer. IOSA talked with
reporting party/owner, who says it was a very small release and
is now just a light sheen, unrecoverable.
IOSA paged by
Sheriff, asked to call Fire Dept. on cell phone: Ass’t Fire
Chief wants to alert IOSA that the operator of 22’ Striker
accidently pumped 75 gals of gasoline into the bilge at the Port
of Friday Harbor fuel dock. IOSA talked with Towline Marine;
they will tow the boat to Jensen’s Marina, haul it out onto a
trailer & take it to their big boat shed to pump out the gas.
No fuel has been released into the water. Boat successfully
towed & pumped.
by boat: IOSA paged by Sheriff re: report of sheen at
east end of Friday Harbor, no smell. IOSA responder assessed by
boat, found nothing.
IOSA paged by
Sheriff re: accidental discharge of 3 quarts of gas at fuel dock
at Roche Harbor; IOSA called fuel dock, fuel has dissipated.
IOSA paged by
Sheriff re: yellow-green sheen in water at Roche Harbor; gone
when IOSA called Roche Harbor.
Assessment by land: IOSA paged by sheriff re: report of
sheen on the west side of San Juan Island, from the SJC Park
north to the Limekiln area. IOSA responder assessed several
locations, talked to Ranger at SJC Park, saw nothing. No
further reports, source unknown.
by boat: IOSA paged by Sheriff re: a report of sheen
near Crane Island seen from the ferry. IOSA responder who lives
on Crane went out in his boat, says there is large area of
unrecoverable diesel, source unknown. Gone by dark.
IOSA paged by
Sheriff, asked to call owner of Bayhead Marina on Orcas Island,
who reports a 25’ catamaran sunk while tied to the dock at the
marina; 2 big outboards, no release. Vessel was raised by Baja
Boat Works, no release of any fuel.
IOSA called by
WA State Emergency Operations Center re: a gasoline leak in
Westsound Marina, Orcas Island. IOSA called the marina, was
told that as soon as gas was seen in the water, they discovered
a hole in the fuel line (on land) and have turned the gas off at
the main junction while the hose is being repaired. They have
placed a bucket beneath the hole while it’s being repaired.
Assessment by boat & land:
IOSA paged by Sheriff re: a grounded boat in Swift’s Bay, north
end of Lopez Island. Heavy cement sailboat 30’ had been blown
onto the beach during a windstorm on Oct 3. The boat has
approx. 30 gals. of diesel onboard but no fuel release. The
owners and a friend went out at high tide 2am and tried to dig a
trench to get the boat floating; instead it rolled over on its
side, pinning and injuring 2 people. IOSA responder went to
site in skiff to assess; saw no sheen, no release. IOSA had
several conversations with the USCG, the owner of the boat and
residents in the area, who report no fuel in the water. The
boat was removed on 10-6-12.
Assessment by land: IOSA paged by Sheriff’s office: USCG
reports that one of their pilots took photos of a large area of
sheen near Shipyard Cove, Friday Harbor. IOSA responder
assessed same afternoon and again in the morning. Found light
sheen, no smell, source unknown. It was gone in the morning.
Call re: an
18’ skiff with a small outboard that had rolled over at Bayhead
Marina on Orcas Island. Baja Boat Works raised the boat and it
was towed away by the owner; no fuel spill.
Towline Marine re: a boat with a gas outboard that sank at its
slip at the Port of Friday Harbor. Towline raised the boat, no
fuel release, no sheen.
Assessment by land: IOSA paged by Sheriff’s office re:
pilot report of sheen from Dinner Island to Turn Island in
Griffin Bay, San Juan Island. Harbormaster from Port of Friday
Harbor (also an IOSA responder) had already heard about it and
she assessed from several areas on land; she found nothing and
there were no further reports.
Assessment by land: IOSA called by resident of Friday
Harbor, who reports a sheen & smell of fuel from her condo near
the ferry landing. IOSA called the FH fuel dock and the Port of
Friday Harbor, they know of nothing that would cause it. IOSA
responder assessed in several places along the shoreline, from
the ferry landing down to Shipyard Cove and found nothing. The
reporting person called the next morning to say it was gone.
IOSA was notified by Jensen’s Marina that a boat in a slip had
sunk the night before and was re-floated quickly, before there
was any release of fuel.
Call from Towline Marine re: 20’ runabout blown onto a beach on
the south side of Henry Island, in Mosquito Pass (west side of
San Juan Island). Boat appears to have been stripped of engine,
fuel filter and lines, all taken off, no fuel or other hazmats
around. Towline will follow-up with owner and USCG.
2011 Summary of Spill Pages and Responses
(36 calls/pages with 5 full responses and 15 assessments)
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page re:
rainbow sheen around Cannery Landing in Friday Harbor, San Juan
Island; sheen in slips at marina, around ferry dock & under
shops. IOSA Coordinator talked with Towline Marine, they will
assess; talked with capt. of ferry, fuel pier at Port of FH,
sheen near ferry landing but not on NW side near fuel dock or in
Port marina - unrecoverable, no source found.
||Call from DOE re: report of 40' pleasure craft on rocks in
Griffin Bay; IOSA Coordinator called Towline Marine, they are
on-scene, vessel hit rocks near Shark Reef off west Lopez,
drifted onto Lopez beach with potential 450 gals. diesel on
board. Towline Marine has been hired by vessel owner to
stand by to help vessel float at high tide. IOSA is on
standby if vessel starts to leak. No fuel leakage.
||Call from Harbormaster at Roche Harbor Marina to notify IOSA
of a bilge oil spill near the dock, not recoverable.
||Call from Harbormaster at Roche Harbor Marina re: small
diesel sheen near "C" dock, no known source, unrecoverable.
||Assessment on land: Email report of tar
patty on West Beach, Lopez Island; IOSA assessed on 4/14,
appears to be very old patch of tar mixed with rocks and seaweed
on the beach - will report findings to USCG & DOE
||Call from USCG re: tar patty on Lopez (see above) - DOE &
USCG will come up to determine whether or not there should be an
attempt to remove it or if it would be better for the shoreline
environment to leave it in place.
||Assessment on land: Page re: report from
resident of Friday Harbor - big commercial barge has been moored
in front of their home and they have seen sheen in the water.
IOSA responder assessed, talked with barge owner, who explained
that a barrel of diesel on board a smaller barge they were
trying to remove from the beach had leaked a small amount during
the move. Sheen is unrecoverable; landowner will talk to
City officials to see if the owner of the barge could be forced
to move it, even though it is in public waters.
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page re:
diesel smell & sheen off Warbass Way near Cannery Landing in
Friday Harbor; IOSA responders assessed from land & by boat -
found unrecoverable sheen with no source located, sheen
||Full Response: Calls & page re: 50'
fishing vessel run aground on Little Patos Island, the most
northern of the Sucia Island group, at the intersection of
Boundary Pass & the Strait of Georgia; vessel not leaking but
has 4000 gals. of diesel onboard. IOSA hired by Coast
Guard to deploy containment boom around the grounded vessel
while Towline Marine & Global Diving will handle pumping the
fuel off and waiting for high tide to float the vessel. A
total of 4 IOSA responders drove IOSA vessel "Sea Goose" to the
site, deployed 500' of boom around the grounded vessel and spent
the day adjusting boom & re-setting anchors until 1500 gals. of
diesel was pumped off and the boat floated. IOSA
responders worked on-scene for 16 hours.
||Full Response: IOSA paged by DOE re: 20' vessel that ran up on the rocks on
Long Island near south end of Lopez with 60 gals. of gasoline
onboard; eventually, 2 IOSA responders worked with Towline
Marine to pump all the gas out of the tanks into gas cans, then
Towline worked with Island Transporter to lift the grounded boat
up off the rocks and take it to port.
||IOSA alerted by Towline Marine re: 35' vessel on the rocks
near Waldron Island - no fuel leak - IOSA response not
||IOSA alerted by Towline Marine re: 23' vessel that hit the
rocks and ended up on the beach on Jones Island with 60-70 gals.
of gasoline onboard; small drip from tanks, Towline Marine
plugged the vents, floated vessel at high tide. IOSA
response not necessary.
||IOSA called by Towline Marine with alert re: 3 separate
incidents for which IOSA may be called: 1) 29' sailboat on the
rocks in Mackaye Harbor, south end of Lopez, no fuel involved,
pulled off rocks at high tide; 2) boat on the rocks in Blind
Bay, Shaw Island, got off on their own, no fuel involved; 3)
private vessel sank in its slip at Roche Harbor Marina, is now
up and on a trailer. IOSA response not necessary.
||Assessment by boat, then land: IOSA paged at
2:30 am re: 22' crabber ran aground on Low Island, NE of Shaw;
crew injured & evacuated; possible 200 gals. of gasoline in
outboard but no leakage
||Assessment by boat: Page re: sheen
outside entrance to Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island; IOSA responder
assessed in small work skiff, found small amount of
non-recoverable sheen, source unknown. IOSA responder
assessed at first light, outboard high & dry, no leakage. Fuel
eventually pumped out of tank by Towline Marine, all HAZMATS
removed, no further IOSA response necessary.
||Assessments by boat: Page re: report of
sheen in north cove of Jones Island; IOSA responders on
vessels already in the area assessed throughout the day, nothing
||Page re: boat on the rocks in Mud Bay, SE Lopez Island; boat
determined to have no fuel on board, owner will pull boat off
rocks and tie it better to its mooring.
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page re:
sheen in Mitchell Bay, north San Juan Island; IOSA responder
assessed, found nothing.
||IOSA notified by Shaw Island resident that he spilled 3
gals. of gasoline near the boat ramp on Shaw; spill cleaned up.
||Assessment by boat: IOSA paged by DOE
re: 1/2 mile sheen in Speiden Channel, north of San Juan Island;
diesel sheen (unrecoverable) & smell reported by Towline Marine;
they checked out all boats in the area, DOE did a fly-over,
sheen eventually dissipated, no source found.
||IOSA paged at request of USCG re: 62' vessel that ran
aground in the night somewhere in Thatcher Pass, between Decatur
& Blakely Islands; crew removed before vessel sank; potential
400 gals. of diesel onboard, no sign of leak yet but IOSA on
stand-by. Owner says there is 50 gals. of diesel onboard
but vessel is in 85'-100' of water, too deep and too much
current to safely dive on it. USCG will monitor by air.
||Page re: report from kayaker of diesel sheen & smell around
south end of Spencer Spit, assumption made that it is from the
vessel that sank near there 4 days earlier, since there seems to
be no other vessels around that could have created the sheen.
USCG & DOE are assessing options, main consideration is still
the risk involved in diving so deep in water with very strong
currents. No further reports of sheen or smell.
||Full Response: IOSA paged at request of
SJC Fire re: vessel on fire in Deer Harbor, Orcas Island; owner
estimates approx. 60 gals of gasoline in 2 tanks onboard; vessel
burned for 2 hours, then partially sank, with no fuel loss into
water. While firefighters handled the burning vessel, IOSA
responders towed equipment trailer to boat ramp near the head of
Deer Harbor and deployed 600' of boom, initially to protect the
marsh at the head of the bay, then to contain any debris from
the burned vessel. Towline Marine towed the burned vessel
to boat ramp at nearby marina and got it mostly out of the water
for the night; IOSA responders deployed boom around it and set
up boom lights. Plan was made to remove the burned vessel
the next morning - no sheen or other pollutants seen.
Ultimately, 7 IOSA responders worked through the day and at 4
pm, the vessel was completely pumped out and on the trailer.
IOSA responders cleaned the residue (from the burned debris)
from the 600' of boom and loaded it all back into the trailer,
done by 6pm.
||Assessment on land: Page from USCG re:
report of long sheen & smell of diesel off Eagle Cove and Kanaka
Bay, west side of San Juan Island. IOSA responders tried
at assess by land but heavy fog prevented any sighting on the
water - slight diesel smell at Cattle Point. IOSA checked
with resort owners near there - they were at the point 30
minutes earlier, did not smell anything. USCG will do
fly-over as soon as fog lifts. No further reports.
Call from Roche Harbor Marina Harbormaster to alert IOSA that a
county truck had mal-functioned on the boat ramp and went into
15’ deep water. It was completely submerged but there was no
oil or sheen. Roche Harbor put 300’ of sorbent boom around the
truck & it was pulled out by a tow truck within an hour. Light
unrecoverable sheen, no IOSA response.
Call from resident of Stuart Island; a 70’ vessel was
transferring diesel from one tank to another and back pressure
caused it to spit out approx. 10 gals. An IOSA responder who
lives on Stuart assisted and they used various materials to soak
up the leaked fuel. Owner notified the DOE & the USCG of the
spill and their actions to clean it up.
Early morning page from sheriff re: a 300’
x 75’ cargo barge run aground on Bell Rock (in Rosario Strait);
employee of towing company called to see if IOSA would respond,
says a wire was wrapped around the rudder and they lost
steering. IOSA contacted MSRC in Anacortes and they said they
would handle the response because they are much closer.
Another page from sheriff dispatch re: same incident, this time
the USCG – IOSA informed them that MSRC is responding.
IOSA responder in Deer Harbor notified IOSA that a 36’ derelict
vessel had sunk with an unknown amount of fuel & other hazmats
onboard; IOSA responders deployed 200’ of containment boom with
sorbent pads inside the boom. For the rest of that day and the
next 2 days, a total of 5 IOSA responders worked various hours
tending & re-setting boom & anchors, opening & closing boom for
salvage operations by A-1 Marine and collecting debris & a small
amount of oiled sorbents. The vessel was salvaged in pieces,
then the boom was removed, cleaned & loaded back onto its
trailer on the 3rd day.
Ferry captain paged IOSA through Sheriff dispatch to report a
70’ sunken boat in Beaverton Cove near the UW Labs; no report of
sheen. IOSA talked with Assistant Harbormaster at the Port of
Friday Harbor and he had quite a bit of history on this boat and
its owner -- long history of problems. IOSA ended up having a
responder on standby in case of fuel leak while the USCG tried
to deal with the owner. No IOSA involvement ultimately needed.
Assessment on land:
Call from Towline Marine re: another boat owned by same person
(see 11/27 above), this one a 21’ powerboat that was tied to a
mooring and has now sunk; no sheen, no smell. USCG & SJC
Sheriff are dealing with owner. A few hours later, report of
oil near Shipyard Cove, south end of Friday Harbor; could be
caused by boat noted above. IOSA responder assessed, took
photos, reports unrecoverable mousse, no smell, in a few small
pockets in the area; doesn’t seem related to earlier boat
sinking; unknown source.
Limited response: IOSA
called re: a 22’ skiff that hit a rock & made it to the FH Labs
dock; dripping crankcase oil into water; IOSA responder took
approx 20 sorbent pads, 2 spill bags & a roll of duct tape to
the site, as requested. Driver stopped leak & cleaned up oil.
Assessment by boat:
IOSA responder on Orcas called to report that a friend on the
ferry had noticed what she thought might be oil on a boat ramp
on Bell Island yesterday, said there appeared to be construction
going on. IOSA called trained IOSA responder who lives on Crane
Island to assess by boat; he reported nothing on the ramp,
everything all clean.
Page from Sheriff dispatch for IOSA to call DOE re: vessels that
sank on 11/27 & 11/29 in Beaverton Cove; IOSA gave DOE all the
information, explained there had been no spill.
Limited response/multiple assessments:
2:30 am page from Sheriff dispatch at the request of SJC Fire;
30’ boat is burning, fully involved at time of call, fireboat
Confidence is on scene with 2 firefighters. Boat is 26’
fiberglass, still on its mooring. Unknown amount of diesel
onboard. IOSA notified the NRC as required, then called DOE &
USCG. Boat finally sank; USCG asked IOSA to assess at first
light. Two IOSA responders took IOSA landing craft Green
Heron to site of sinking; boat sank in 40’ of water, has at
least a 10-gal portable fuel tank of diesel. Responders report
light sheen, unrecoverable so far, nothing new coming up from
sunken boat. IOSA was paged with multiple reports of sheen &
diesel smell in the area & began calling responders to be on
standby in the event IOSA is asked to respond (more than just
assess). USCG came up, in early afternoon, owner is on scene
with USCG, says he will get his own boom around the sunken
vessel, then begin salvage operations. Later in the afternoon,
USCG reports owner has 100’ boom deployed and asks IOSA to
monitor over the next few days for increased release of fuel and
owner’s actions to stop leak and get boat out of the water. IOSA
responders assessed over next few days and by Dec 20, boom was
still up, boat was still in the water, sorbent pads inside boom
are white (no more oil on them) & nothing coming up from sunken
boat. IOSA gave report to USCG. On Dec 21, A-1 Marine called
IOSA to report that owner asked them to raise the boat on Dec 26
– IOSA called DOE & USCG with that info.
Assessment by land:
Page by Sheriff dispatch: report of “ribbons of brown” near the
ferry landing in Friday Harbor; IOSA called Fuel Pier & Port of
FH, nothing there. IOSA responder looked all around ferry
landing and saw nothing.
Page from Sheriff dispatch in morning: contractor on job site on
Shaw Island reports a large boat sinking just offshore in Blind
Bay; contractor took his boat out to assess, says no sheen, no
smell, nothing coming up from vessel; IOSA got name & phone
number of owner, called him, he said a salvage company is on the
way to boom the boat & dive on it to remove what he thinks is
approx. 50 gals. of diesel fuel on board. IOSA called USCG, who
called the owner and was told the same thing. IOSA decided to
have a crew on standby just in case and began calling responders
to be ready to take out the Sea Goose (with 1000’ of boom
on board). In early afternoon, USCG called IOSA to report that
a CG helicopter flew over the area and saw no sheen. Another
check on the site around 4 pm showed no release of fuel but no
salvage or any other response seen. Owner could no longer be
reached. IOSA talked with DOE & USCG early next morning, had
IOSA responder take his skiff to assess. At the same time,
Sheriff dispatch paged IOSA with 2 reports of sheen near Shaw
Ferry Landing and in Harney Channel (between Orcas & Shaw
Islands). IOSA reported this to USCG & DOE. DOE decided to
come up, IOSA responder reports sheen in area but just slow
drips of diesel coming up. USCG hired IOSA to contain any
pollutants being released & 3 IOSA responders took Sea Goose
to the site, where they were joined by the 4th
responder with his skiff; they deployed 700’ of containment boom
in a diamond around where the vessel went down & eventually put
in 2 bales of sorbent sweep & 1 bale (100 pads) of sorbents
inside the boom, attached boom lights so boom could be seen at
night, went back before dawn on the morning of Dec 29 & tended
boom while a salvage company dove on the boat and pumped off the
fuel. Eventually, 7 gals. of diesel was recovered in pads.
of Spill Pages and Responses
(34 calls/pages with 4 full responses, 3 limited responses and 4
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page re:
possible spill near Beaverton Cove (Friday Harbor, San Juan
Island). Pilot flying in to airport saw what looked like oil
sheen. IOSA responders assessed by boat and on shore; nothing
visible, no odor, but water coming from creek into Beaverton
Cove is a strange color. Called UW labs - they report
similar report last year, which turned out to be an unusual
||Page re: vessel aground on Satellite Island in Prevost
Harbor, Stuart Island. IOSA responder on-site says 30-40 gals of
diesel onboard but unlikely to spill before vessel is floating
again; vessel was successfully floated with no spill.
||Page re: diesel sheen and odor near Cayou Quay Marina in
Deer Harbor, Orcas Island. IOSA called Cayou Quay - no
boats leaking there. Deer Harbor Marina personnel also checked
for fuel from any of their boats - everything looks clean.
Resident and boat owner in the area will check again in the
morning & call if there is still sheen or an odor.
||Assessment on land & by boat: Call from DOE
with request to assess report of concentrated sheen near Turn
Island off San Juan Island. Two IOSA responders went out on
vessel from Fisherman Bay to assess, IOSA ALV network residents
along east side of SJ Island will check from different shore
points. IOSA called the airport for flyover reports - Kenmore
Air reports splotches breaking up all along Griffin Bay
shoreline up to Turn Island. IOSA responders on vessel report
areas of unrecoverable brown & blue sheen, a debris line in San
Juan Channel with brown sheen approx 1.5 to 2 miles long, small
amount adhering to sorbent pad but not being absorbed. DOE
called USCG, reports USCG determined that since it is mostly
unrecoverable with no known source, they will not authorize a
response at this time.
||Page re: sheen at Shipyard Cove near Friday Harbor -
assessment from dock, nothing seen, no odor.
|3/2 - 3/3/10
||Full Response: Page re: 50’ live-aboard vessel
that sank while tied to breakwater at Port of Friday Harbor;
Port personnel had deployed sorbent boom around the vessel.
Owner was reached by phone on the mainland, said there is
approx. 100 gals. of diesel onboard. IOSA was hired by owner to
begin recovery of leaking fuel while plans were made to raise
the vessel the next day. 2 IOSA responders worked recovering
diesel until dark, put several hundred sorbent pads inside the
sorbent boom and went back at dawn to continue. A total of 4
IOSA responders worked into the afternoon and were able to
recover approx. 27 gals. of diesel and some engine oil before
the vessel was raised. Sorbents in spill bags taken to
interim storage site for disposal.
||Full Response: Page re: 38’ vessel that sank
overnight in slip at private marina on Warbass Way in Friday
Harbor; diesel, hydraulic and transmission fluid in the water,
possibly 100+ gals. of diesel onboard. Owner (on the mainland)
hired A-1 Marine Vessel Assist to raise the boat, IOSA to handle
cleanup, recovery and disposal. A total of 5 IOSA responders
worked throughout the day, recovered approx. 35-40 gals of
diesel and other pollutants. Responders were able to contain
pollutants inside the slip with sorbent boom so hard boom was
not needed, sorbent sweep was set along the dock at adjoining
slips to prevent hazmats from moving under the dock and into the
rest of the marina and/or out into the bay. A total of 35-40
gals. of diesel & other pollutants was recovered, collected in
spill bags & carried to interim storage site for disposal.
||Page re: 22’ fiberglass derelict vessel that appears to be
sinking in the bay to the NW of the Port of Friday Harbor; IOSA
traced owner information through SJC Sheriff, discovered that
the DNR’s Derelict Vessel program checked out this boat a month
before, no engine or other apparent pollutants onboard. Sheriff
has ticketed owner for expired registration.
||Call from ferry passenger (IOSA responder) reporting ribbons
of apparent sheen off north end of Lopez Island & closer to
Thatcher Pass; IOSA contacted ferry captains for assessment;
Capt. of Elwha reports nothing seen, no odor. He will ask other
ferry captains in the area to watch for any signs of oil & call
IOSA if anything seen; probable algae bloom.
||Call from Orcas ferry landing re: sheen along the beach
there; IOSA responder assessed, says no smell, no apparent
pollutant, described probable algae bloom.
||IOSA alerted by Sheriff’s office of helicopter crash off
Shaw Island; no spill involved.
|6/12 - 8/6/10
||Oiled Wildlife Search & Rescue out-of-county:
Total of 6 IOSA Oiled Wildlife Search & Rescue responders
deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist in oiled bird search &
rescue during the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.
||Page re: pilot report of large (500’ x 500’) area of “black
oil” north of Friday Harbor between SJ Island and Shaw Island.
USCG requests IOSA assess. Two IOSA responders are on vessels in
the area and another went out in his vessel from Crane Island.
All 3 searched the area from Cattle Pass north up to Spieden and
Jones Islands, saw and smelled nothing. Probable algae bloom,
can look black from the air.
||IOSA paged at 3 am re: boat fire and sinking north of Orcas
near Patos Island. USCG and DOE called - vessel sank immediately
in 400’ of water, 250 gallons of diesel onboard. Small sheen
reported in area; USCG says regular patrol boat will assess and
contact IOSA if further response needed.
||Boom deployment: IOSA paged re: 90’ wooden
vessel “Odyssey” stuck on a rock at low tide in Echo Bay, Sucia
Island. No apparent damage, no fuel leak; USCG instructed
captain to have boom deployed around vessel until she floats
free at high tide. One IOSA responder (who is State Parks aide
at Sucia) and State Parks Supervisor deployed 300’ of boom
around vessel. No fuel or oil release.
||IOSA paged re: sheen in Spring Passage (west side of Orcas)
by boater. Deer Harbor Marina personnel went out in vessel to
assess, found nothing.
||IOSA paged at 9 pm re: kayaker report of 30’ patch of
rainbow sheen near cove in upper west part of Deer Harbor. IOSA
called marinas in the area to see if they have seen or smelled
anything - they report nothing. IOSA responder from Deer Harbor
and kayaker who made original report will check the area at
first light - nothing seen or smelled the next morning.
||IOSA paged re: call from person reporting an inflatable boat
tied to the public dock in West Sound, Orcas Island, is sinking
and has a 5-gal can of gas in it. IOSA responder in area
assessed, removed the gas can and pulled the half-sunk tiny boat
onto the dock. West Sound Marina will notify the owner.
||IOSA paged early evening re: sheen in Echo Bay, Sucia
Island; boater who made report had checked with other boats in
the area but found no source. Sheen was gone in the
||IOSA notified by Sheriff's office at 3:45 am that a fishing
seiner had sunk 2 miles south of South Beach, at Salmon Banks
off San Juan Island; USCG reports it was a tribal vessel
and the crew of 2 has been rescued. The 30' seiner
sank in 100' of water with approx. 25 gallons of gas in tank.
In late morning, USCG reports no sign of vessel or any sheen.
||Page from Sheriff's office re: report from boater in Echo
Bay, Sucia Island, of a 40' pleasure craft tied up at the dock that is leaking
diesel. DOE talked with owner and the problem has been
fixed - State Parks Supervisor checked area, found it to be clean
now, no sheen.
||Page re: report from kayaker of small patch of sheen near
Allegria Island in West Sound, Orcas Island - unrecoverable,
||Page re: area of "orange substance" in Mackaye Harbor; IOSA
had also seen same substance along the shoreline at Davis Bay,
no odor, not a petroleum product; substance determined to be
algae bloom along some beaches & harbors on south end of Lopez
||Assessment & recovery of fuel: IOSA paged re:
strong smell of diesel and sheen in some slips at Islander
Marina in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island; reports that a vessel
operator had pumped the bilge after leaving the marina and
leaked diesel out into the entrance of the bay. IOSA
responders assessed by land & by boat - nothing seen near
entrance but some sheen and small amounts of diesel in slips at
the marina. Responders recovered approx. 1 qt. of diesel
fuel on sorbent pads, report the remaining sheen is dissipating
quickly due to the wind.
||Call re: tarball found near Eagle Cove beach on San Juan
Island; beach assessed again at low tide and IOSA asked National
Park people to search South Beach area; nothing found over next
||Page re: sheen at Eliza Island; no further reports.
||Page re: report from pilot of slick 200 yards long near
Jensen's Marina, Friday Harbor; nothing found from assessment by
land at Jensen's & Shipyard Cove; Vessel Assist assessed by
boat, found nothing.
||Call re: 20' boat run aground at Cape San Juan; no leak from
outboard or 10-gal gas tank. Sheriff's boat involved in
finding owner and removing from beach.
||Oil recovery: Page re: spill in Deer Harbor,
Orcas; Towline Marine (they are also IOSA responders) & other
IOSA responders (all on their way to an IOSA drill) went to
site, assisted vessel, contained & cleaned up small spill.
||Late night call from Customs officer at Port of Friday
Harbor re: strong smell of diesel & sheen near breakwater;
Towline Marine & Port of FH personnel checked it out early next
morning; unrecoverable sheen, owner of "suspect boat" talked
||Assessment by land: Page re: report of oil on
lake on Orcas; assessed by 2 IOSA responders on Orcas, who
report large algae bloom on lake, no oil.
||Oil recovery: Report of diesel spill near
Islander Marina in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island; 2 IOSA
responders from Lopez searched for origin of spill, report of
boat leaving Fisherman Bay earlier; recovered small amount of
oil in sorbent pads.
||Call re: small skiff filling with water at Beach Haven
Resort on Orcas Island; IOSA talked with resort personnel, who
removed gas can from boat, report no spill, trying to contact
||Call from Towline Marine to alert IOSA re: 17' vessel with
outboard sank while tied to its mooring near West Beach on Orcas
Island; they will assess, no fuel on board, no spill.
of Spill Pages and Responses
(32 calls/pages with 3 full
responses and 6 assessments)
||Assessment by boat: Page re: report of sheen between Turn Island & Brown Island, near Friday Harbor: IOSA responder assessed by boat, reports
small area of "cloudiness" in the water, no smell, nothing
||Page re: report of sheen in Rosario Strait: GPS coordinates
show area between south Lopez Island and Deception Pass on
Whidbey Island. IOSA contacted Friday Harbor Airport to
ask for flyover reports; pilots checked large area from air, saw
||Page re: report of pleasure craft grounded on Cooper Reef,
west of Stuart Island in Haro Strait, unknown whether or not
there is vessel damage. IOSA follow-up revealed that
Cooper Reef is Canadian waters and incident will be handled by
||Full Response: Page for IOSA to standby re: boat on fire in West Sound,
Orcas Island. USCG & San Juan County Fire boat on scene to
extinguish fire; vessel was originally at the dock but lines
tying it to the dock burned & the vessel drifted approx. 1 mile
to the south. IOSA responders were alerted & ready to
respond if needed. When the vessel began to sink, IOSA was
asked by the US Coast Guard & the Dept of Ecology to begin
containment of the vessel. Soon after, the owner contacted
IOSA & requested IOSA response, including containment and
recovery & removal of any pollutants that may be released.
Owner stated that before the fire, the vessel contained 250
gallons of diesel fuel.
Within 10 minutes of notification, the
first 2 IOSA responders were on scene and 3 more were enroute.
IOSA responders set 800' of boom around the site where the
vessel sank in 60' of water and set sorbent materials inside the
boom to collect any pollutants, working from 3:30 to 9pm.
The following day, IOSA responders tended & reset the boom and
checked for pollutants on or near shore (shore was clean), while
a dive company pumped the tanks to remove any remaining fuel -
the tanks were found to be empty.
Approx. 10 gallons of engine oil was recovered in the
sorbents and also stuck to the sides of the containment boom.
After checking again for oil inside the boom, the boom was
pulled out of the water on the 3rd day; the oil was cleaned off
by hand as it was loaded back into the trailer & oily sorbents
were disposed of.
||Page re: report of a vessel in Massacre Bay, West Sound,
Orcas Island, with a black slick behind it; IOSA contacted West
Sound Marina, whose owners checked all of the bay by boat &
found nothing. An IOSA responder who lives further south
in West Sound assessed by land & saw nothing.
||Page re: white substance in Cascade Bay in East Sound, Orcas
Island; no odor, no sheen; suspect algae bloom.
||Page re: substance in East Sound, Orcas, possible sewage
spill. IOSA assessed, substance found to be algae bloom.
||Page re: white substance in water near Eastsound and on
beach of Indian Island, Orcas; determined to be algae bloom.
||Notification of small diesel spill at Port of Friday Harbor;
Port personnel are handling spill and will call IOSA if needed.
||IOSA spill supplies & Assessment: Page re: diesel spill at Seattle Yacht Club Marina on
Warbass Way in Port of Friday Harbor; new boat owner spilled
fuel when valves were set to transfer diesel from one tank to
another. Marina personnel (an IOSA responder) & owner have
sorbent boom & pads in water, need more pads. IOSA gave
instructions for more pads to be picked up at IOSA office (2
minutes from marina) and called IOSA responders to assess.
Approx. 1 gal. recovered.
||Page re: small diesel spill near Roche Harbor, north end of
San Juan Island. Harbormaster assessed, says it's about 1
gal. from a boat that was anchored outside the marina & is now
gone; unrecoverable sheen remains.
||Page in early morning re: possible oil washed up on 1000' of
beach in Swift's Bay, north end of Lopez; no odor, no sheen,
substance determined to be algae bloom.
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page in late morning: in addition to algae bloom, caller
reports large patch of tarry, smelly substance several inches
thick on beach in Swift's Bay. Caller will collect sample,
IOSA called points all along north end of Lopez for assessment,
including Spencer Spit State Park & Lopez ferry landing.
Ferries are checking along their routes, 2 IOSA responders
checking north end beaches. IOSA responders determine
sample collected and patch on beach to be organic, non-petroleum
substance smelling of sulphur. Further assessment by IOSA
responders in skiff, nothing found in Shoal or Swift's Bay.
Orange algae bloom moving into Spencer's Landing Marina at
Shoal Bay in the afternoon; several more calls & pages
throughout the day.
||Call in evening from owner of Spencer's Landing Marina,
Shoal Bay, Lopez; reports diesel in marina, unrecoverable,
||Page re: possible spill in East Sound; substance found to be
||Page re: strange white substance, approx. 1000', coming
ashore along south end of Obstruction Island; no odor, no sheen,
determined to be algae bloom. Owner collected sample for
||Page re: small spill at West Beach Resort, northwest side of
Orcas Island; 16' alum. skiff sank while tied to dock, small
outboard leaking gasoline. Resort personnel will pump
water out of skiff (low tide at time of call) & remove motor;
||Page re: diesel spill at Deer Harbor Marina, Orcas Island;
owner of 65' vessel accidentally put water hose into fuel tank,
got distracted and approx. 2 gals. of diesel overflowed into the
water. Marina personnel (one is IOSA responder) have
sorbent boom in water around spill & are recovering small amount
in sorbent pads; owner is on-scene & helping with clean-up.
||Page re: boat hitting another boat & spilling gas near dock
at Islander Marina, Lopez; Sheriff deputy on-scene reports a few
small drips, nothing significant or recoverable.
||Page re: houseboat sinking outside Jensen's Marina near
Friday Harbor; assessment from Vessel Assist on-scene; reports
no engines on the boat, small amount of fuel coming up from boat
but it's unrecoverable at this time. IOSA talked with
owner in Pt. Angeles, who says no pollutants of any kind of the
boat. USCG & DOE notified.
||Assessment by boat: Call from local pilot reporting silvery sheen near northeast
side of Shaw Island; IOSA responder assessed by boat, reports
only calm, unrippled, silvery water, no petroleum.
Full withResponse with IOSA vessel & full crew over several days:
Page in early evening re: sinking of fishing
at Salmon Banks off South Beach, sw side of San Juan Island.
Due to strong winds, 5’ seas & darkness, IOSA was hired by USCG
to go out early next morning to assess, contain & clean up if
any pollutants were found. Responders were called & ready for
morning, including SJ Island responders who would do shore
assessment at first light. Light sheen was seen on the water
and pieces of the “Anna
had washed ashore on South Beach but there was no sign of the
vessel and no recoverable fuel seen, so at noon on the 29th,
the USCG sent the IOSA vessel back to port. Over the next
several days, there were reports of diesel smell and some sheen
in the area so IOSA went back to the scene with divers on Aug 31
but were unable to locate where the vessel had sunk.
||Page re: sheen near ferry landing at Friday Harbor, reported
by WSF; Port of FH reports unrecoverable sheen, no sheen around
||Assessment by boat: Call re: vessel
sinking in Fisherman Bay; IOSA responders assessed in skiff,
found vessel tied to another boat to keep it from sinking; owner
had sorbent boom around vessel, containing small amount of
gasoline. IOSA gave owner some sorbent pads to recover some
hydraulic oil inside boom; owner has plans to raise boat at low
tide & needs no further assistance from IOSA.
||Page re: sheen at Rosario Marina, Orcas Island; IOSA called
& talked with dock personnel, who report small patch of sheen,
unrecoverable, unknown source.
||Page re: sighting of mostly-sunken houseboat in Eagle Cove,
west side of San Juan Island. Resident can see WN numbers -
confirm it is the same houseboat that was sinking near Jensen’s
Marina on 8/8 (see above). USCG & DOE will not authorize a
response because there is no known threat of pollution, no
engines onboard. IOSA called DNR Derelict Vessel Program, who
will send someone up today to assess. Vessel Assist was called &
asked to move vessel if possible but it was gone when they
arrived in Eagle Cove. IOSA called DNR again and asked if Vessel
Assist could have prior authorization to snag the houseboat if
it is seen & reported again. This request was approved.
||Page re: floating barrel in cove east of Granny’s Cove near
South Beach. IOSA San Juan responder assessed; barrel found to
be a log covered in kelp.
||Page re: oil slick in water between the Friday Harbor ferry
landing & Jensen’s Marina. IOSA San Juan Island responder who
works in the area assessed, described long & narrow (3’) streak
of sheen stretching in both directions. She went to Shipyard
Cove, people at Jensen’s Marina checked, report “a couple of
splotches” at the end of a dock where 2 fishing boats were tied
up this morning. Both vessels are gone now. Ferry landing
personnel & Port of FH personnel report nothing seen in their
|11/4 - 11/7/09
||Full response: Page re: 2 boats on fire
at Roche Harbor Marina, north SJ Island, firefighters on scene.
Both vessels eventually sank at their slips & IOSA was asked to
provide additional sorbent materials to Marina staff and DOE
Spill Response personnel who were working to recover leaking
fuel that first night. At dawn, IOSA was hired by Vessel Assist
to provide cleanup & recovery of fuel while operations were
begun to raise the burned vessels & remove them from the water.
Over the next 3 days, a total of 12 IOSA responders worked to
recover fuel & oil as it continually leaked from the vessels.
SJC DEM & DOE re: 750’ oil/ore ship that ran aground on Conconi
Reef in Plumper Sound, off Mayne Island in the Gulf Islands; no
leak yet but attempts to raise the vessel have failed and no
idea how much fuel is onboard. Since the incident is in
Canadian waters, IOSA’s response would be Search & Rescue for
Oiled Wildlife, not containment. If a spill occurs, Stuart,
Waldron & Orcas Islands would be first impacted so IOSA began
preparations for setting up shore crews for a response. Within
an hour, we were notified that the ship had been raised and is
underway, with no release of fuel.
||Assessment on land & by boat: Page re:
boats blown ashore in Beaverton Cove (near UW Labs in Friday
Harbor), both on the rocks, one leaking fuel. IOSA arranged
assessment by boat & on shore, contacted owner of leaking
vessel. Only small amount of gas is dripping from outboard;
owner will try to get vessel off the beach as soon as weather
||Page re: diesel spill in Reid Harbor on Stuart Island. USCG
vessel spilled 5 oz. and want IOSA to know in case we get a
2008 Summary of
Spill Pages and Responses
(13 calls/pages with 1 limited response and 6 assessments)
||Page re: sheen at Port of Friday Harbor; Port is handling
||Page re: sheen at dock in Eastsound; unrecoverable,
||Assessment by land: Page re: sheen on west side of Lopez Island; assessed, no
recoverable product seen
||Assessed by land: Call from SJC Dept. of Emergency Services re: ferry report
of sheen in Upright Channel; IOSA assessed from land, USCG
vessel in area assessed, found nothing
||Call from SJC re: odiferous ooze coming from bank on private
land near Westcott Bay; SJC Public Works and State DOE are
handling the situation for now; IOSA on standby
||Assessed by boat: Call re: bright green streaks in the water near the entrance
to Mitchell Bay; IOSA assessed on several different
tides/currents; substance determined to be algae
||Assessed by land: Resident near Jackson Beach, SJ Island, reported large black
patch that looks like oil near the boat launch; 3 IOSA
responders were alerted and began to mobilize equipment while 1
responder assessed; black patch determined to be algae bloom,
||Deer Harbor Marina called to report 1-2 gallons of gas in
the water; they are taking care of it, no IOSA response needed
||Assessed by land & partial response: Page re: large drum leaking substance on beach on north side
of Orcas Island; IOSA responder assessed, determined it to be
vegetable oil & pumped it into buckets for disposal
||Page re: restaurant in Friday Harbor that dumped approx. 30
gallons of used cooking oil on the sidewalk early in the morning
- it flowed downhill into the harbor & some residual was left on
the sidewalk; call to SJC DEM & follow-up; no oil left in
||Page re: sailboat blown ashore by high winds in Fisherman
Bay, no pollutants on board
|12/30 - 12/31/08
||Page re: wooden cabin cruiser sinking in Fisherman Bay,
sheen reported; IOSA contacted owner & provided him with sorbent
sweep to set around the vessel; owner will arrange for removal
of small amount of contained gas from vessel
||Assessed by land: Page re: diesel smell and thin film on water near shoreline
at Lime Kiln Park on west side of San Juan Island; IOSA
assessed, confirmed small amount of diesel in cove near large
floating telephone pole; nothing recoverable. IOSA
notified Park personnel.
2007 Summary of Spill Pages
||Page re: sunken vessel inside
entrance to Fisherman Bay, Lopez Is. IOSA responders
assessed by skiff; contracted with a diver to do underwater
assessment & plug vents; removed 10-gallon, half-full diesel day
tank and secured debris onto inflatable raft tied to vessel.
||Page re: sunken sailboat at Neck
Point off Shaw Island. IOSA contacted owner, told no
motor, no fuel onboard.
||Report of sheen at Port of
Friday Harbor; unrecoverable.
||Report of sheen from sailboat in
Westcott Bay, west side of San Juan Island. Owner
|1/29 thru 1/31/07
||Full response: Call from SJC to alert IOSA of
raising of vessel that sank in Fisherman Bay after storm in Dec
2006. IOSA responders deployed boom, monitored for fuel
release, recovered some fuel, during 3-day operation to raise
the vessel and tow it to Bellingham as a derelict.
||Page re: vehicle in water at
Deer Harbor, Orcas Is. Sheen only, unrecoverable.
||Page re: truck diesel spill at
Orcas Ferry Landing. Ferry staff recovered approx. 1
||Call re: sheen at head of West
||Full response: Page re: sunken vessel in Barlow
Bay, south end of Lopez Is. IOSA responders deployed boom,
contracted with diver to do underwater assessment and stop the
source; began clean-up and removal of oil and other hazmats from
||Call from West Sound to report
||Call from DEM re: report from SJ
Customs agent who saw sunken sailboat in Westcott Bay; it was
the same vessel reported on 1/25 and still no sheen or release
||Residents report a strong smell
and sheen near SE corner of Brown Island; vessel was seen off
Shipyard Cove earlier in the evening, some color from sheen was
seen but vessel was now gone, there was not a continuing source
and nothing recoverable at this point.
||Page in early evening re: sheen
and diesel smell at Shipyard Cove, San Juan Island. IOSA
responder assessed, confirmed strong diesel smell and sheen
outside breakwater at marina; unrecoverable, source unknown.
||Page in late evening re: vessel
leaking fuel at Roche Harbor Marina, San Juan Island. IOSA
got report from Harbormaster that a private vessel had hit a
rock outside the marina and discovered a resulting fuel leak
upon arrival; leak was stopped after vessel released approx. 1
gallon of gasoline, which quickly evaporated; nothing
||Page re: sheen seen from the air
at sound end of Shaw Island. IOSA determined a quart of
oil had been accidentally knocked off a vessel in Hicks Bay;
vessel owners recovered most of it with sorbent pads.
||Page re: possible spill in
Eastsound on Orcas. Residents north of Rosario reported a
large rust-brown slick had passed their home; IOSA responder
assessed, determined it to be algae bloom. Harbormaster at
Rosario Marina reported a large amount of red tide coming into
the marina all day.
||Full response: IOSA paged after a seiner hit a
rock and partially sank near South Beach on the west side of San
Juan Island. IOSA responders deployed containment boom
around the vessel, recovered fuel inside the boom, contracted
with a diver to do underwater assessment and recovery, recovered
170 gallons of diesel fuel off the vessel into drums.
||Page re: sheen at Fish Creek on
south end of San Juan Island; unrecoverable, source unknown.
||Page re: sheen at Friday Harbor
ferry dock; on-site assessment was completed; no sheen remained.
||Vessel sinking in Deer Harbor,
Orcas Island; IOSA assessed, no release of fuel or other
||Call to IOSA office re: vessel
listing in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island; On-site assessment
completed, no sign of oil; inquiries re: vessel & owner indicate
no fuel is on-board.
||Call re: boat engine ashore at
Doe Bay, Orcas Island, from vessel that broke up in the wind; no
gas in engine.
2006 Summary of Spill Pages
|Sheen reported at Deer Harbor,
Orcas Is. Unrecoverable, source unknown.
||Report of possible leaking drums
at construction site on False Bay, SJ Island; IOSA talked with
SJC officials and owner of construction site. Drums will
be removed right away.
||20' vessel sinking at private
dock in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Is. Small amount of gas
recovered with sorbents; 100' of IOSA boom deployed while vessel
being raised; no further release.
||Vehicle went off road to water's
edge in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Is. Unrecoverable sheen, IOSA
prepared to collect gas from tank if needed. Vehicle
dragged out the no rupture of gas tank.
||Alert for wildlife rescue from
spill in Elliott Bay, Seattle. Spill contained, no
||Sheen reported near ferry
landing in Friday Harbor, SJ Is. Unrecoverable, source
||Sheen reported at Fisherman Bay,
Lopez. Unrecoverable, possible source checked.
||Another report of sheen at
Fisherman Bay. Unrecoverable, source not found.
||Call from DOE re: unknown
substance on beach on Orcas Is. IOSA talked with person
who called in report; substance determined to be organic
material, not petroleum.
||Call from MRC (Marine Resources
Committee) re: report of someone cleaning their boat and making
a mess in the water near Shipyard Cove, SJ Is. IOSA talked
with Sheriff's office, who also had report and they talked with
vessel owner, who agreed to stop.
||Report of sheen at Olga dock,
Orcas Is. Unrecoverable, source unknown.
||Page re: possible spill at Flat
Point, Lopez Is. IOSA assessed, found nothing.
||Page re: gas spill near fuel
dock at Friday Harbor, SJ Is. IOSA responders, Port
personnel and Island Petroleum responded, stopped release.
IOSA remained onsite with containment equipment, ready to divert
fuel if it began to move into more sensitive areas before
|5/25 thru 6/6/06
||Call re: oil coming out of storm
drain onto beach at Port of Friday Harbor. Port deployed
150' of boom and sorbents, IOSA responders began process of
collecting & recovering oil before it hit the beach and locating
the source; used basin & pumps to recover oil & transport for
||Call from resident at Cape San
Juan, SJ Is., re: yellow foam on beach. IOSA assessed and
determined substance to be organic, not petroleum.
||Call from West Sound Marina,
Orcas Is., to assist them in containment & cleanup of diesel
leaking from a private vessel in the marina. IOSA
responders deployed boom and helped in cleanup.
||Call from NRC (National Response
Co.) re: assessing/responding to spill at Warbass Marina.
Unrecoverable, was mainly sheen.
||Report of diesel sheen at
Westsound Marina, Orcas Is. No recoverable fuel found.
||Gillnetter sank approx. 1 am in
waters offshore of Eagle Point, west side of San Juan Island.
Winds caused debris & vessel to drift into intertidal area off
Eagle Cove by afternoon. IOSA crew tracked location of
vessel & debris and had standby crew with equipment onshore at
Eagle Cove prepared for cleanup if vessel collided with
intertidal rocks & damaged fuel tanks. Vessel was raised
and towed with no fuel release.
||Float plane upside down in the
water at Westsound, Orcas Is. IOSA provided equipment for
||Page re: sheen and "brown foamy
stuff" near shore at Westsound, Orcas Is. Sheen dissipated
& foamy stuff gone within a few hours.
||30' wooden vessel sinking in
Fisherman Bay, Lopez Is. IOSA set boom & sorbents around
vessel and provided pump to assist owners' pumping operation;
vessel raised before dark.
||Local resident reported strong
fuel smell near Roche Harbor Marina, Orcas Is., approx. 7:15 pm.
IOSA paged by Sheriff re: another resident reporting fuel vapors
at Roche Harbor approx. 7:30 pm, after dark. No
recoverable fuel found, pipes at fuel dock/tank farm not
||Vessel grounded at Pt. Colville,
south end of Lopez Is., in high winds. Assessment
confirmed no fuel leaking.
||Tug in Prevost Harbor, Stuart
Is., sinking, with only 2" of freeboard remaining & carrying
1200 gallons of diesel fuel. IOSA responded to request
from US Coast Guard to deploy 2800' of boom for 2 GRP strategies
in Prevost Harbor. IOSA crews from Orcas, Roche Harbor &
Yellow Island were underway to launch points when USCG called to
notify IOSA to stand down, the sinking vessel had been
stabilized and was no longer in danger of sinking. When
decision was made to tow disabled vessel to Roche Harbor, the
DOE (Dept of Ecology) requested that IOSA deploy boom around it
as soon as it arrived at Roche Harbor. Boom remained
around vessel until the following day, when it was clear that
the boat would not sink again.
||Truck rolled again Fisherman Bay
Rd, Lopez Is. and landed upside down in the bay. IOSA
provided sorbents & recovered approx. 3 gallons of engine oil
while vehicle was pulled out.
||Vessel that sank Oct. 8 sank
again in Fisherman Bay. As requested by the DOE, IOSA set
boom to contain the vessel overnight, and re-set boom the
following day in a down-current chevron configuration so any
oil/debris coming off the vessel would be collected while
salvage crews raised it so it could by hauled out and turned
over to the Derelict Vessel Program.
||Call re: sinking vessel in
Barlow Bay, south end of Lopez Is. IOSA calls determined
that the owner is gone and there is no engine or other
pollutants on the boat. Vessel will be pumped and raised
as soon as weather permits.
|12/15 thru 12/18/06
||Page re: vessel tied to dock at
Islander Marina in Fisherman Bay was damaged in the night by
high winds, causing it to sink and spill diesel. IOSA
responders deployed boom & contracted with a diver to do
underwater assessment & stop the source; began clean-up and
recovery of approx. 30 gallons of diesel. IOSA continued
to monitor daily for fuel release until the vessel was raised in
||Page re: sailboat blown ashore
on south end of Lopez Is. during severe storm. IOSA
assessed: no motor, no fuel onboard, no further response
||Page re: another storm-related
incident: sailboat blown ahore near entrance to Fisherman Bay.
IOSA assessed: no motor, no fuel onboard, no further response
||Page re: helicopter report of
sheen with black circle around it SE of Fawn Island in Deer
Harbor, Orcas. IOSA assessed; unrecoverable sheen.
2005 Summary of Spill Pages
||Large area of sheen reported in
Spring Passage; IOSA talked with tug traveling north in area,
they looked for sources onboard and ruled out an ongoing source
||Heavyweight barge grounded off
Rocky Bay, San Juan Island; no oil released
||Alert for wildlife search &
rescue from 60-gal. spill from barge at Conoco-Phillips dock
||Net from sunken seiner near
Friday Harbor floating to surface; IOSA made many calls, best
option Nick Nash to retrieve net and talk with owner
||Boat sank near Port of Friday
Harbor; IOSA had already assessed earlier in week, no
recoverable oil or hazmats aboard
||Oiled bird from barge spill at
Conoco-Phillips dock; IOSA transferred to PAWS for care
||Sheen reported at Mackaye Harbor
boat launch, Lopez Island; IOSA assessed, unrecoverable
||Alert for wildlife search and
rescue; barge grounded on coast near Cape Disappointment
||21' Bayliner at Olga, Orcas
Island, upside down on beach; IOSA assessed, no fuel onboard
||Boat sank in Mud Bay; IOSA
assessed; fuel on board but no leaking - vessel eventually
||Plane crash off Pt. Lawrence,
Orcas Island; IOSA assessed for fuel, unrecoverable sheen
||Diesel sheen reported at Shoal
Bay, Lopez Island; source unknown, unrecoverable
||Boat sank at Jensen's Marina,
San Juan Island; IOSA deployed sorbent sweep around vessel,
cleaned up fuel from water with sorbent pads, put sorbents
inside cabin through vessel roof; vessel raised same day
||Sheen reported near Jensen's
Marina, San Juan Island; source unknown, unrecoverable
||Unrecoverable sheen reported
near Cypress Island
|6/29 thru 7/505
||26' vessel sank at entrance to
Port of Friday Harbor; IOSA deployed boom; retrieval of hazmats
and other floating debris from vessel at low tides and inside
boom over several days; divers brought up 55-gal. fuel tank and
more debris; IOSA responders pumped approx. 50 gals. of gasoline
from tank into barrels; IOSA handled disposal of hazardous and
||Unrecoverable sheen reported
near Spring St. Landing in Friday Harbor
||Report of slick near Friday
Harbor; IOSA checked by boat for 2 hours, found no oil
||Derelict boat sank at east end
of Shipyard Cove, San Juan Island; IOSA assessed, found no fuel
or oil release, clean water
||Boat at fuel dock in Friday
Harbor pumped 20-50 gals. from bilge; owners cleaned it up
||IOSA paged to evaluate sheen
from boat in Friday Harbor; unrecoverable
||100' sheen at seaplane dock at
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island; unrecoverable
||Catamaran partly submerged
inside Pearl Island near Roche Harbor, 30 gals. diesel onboard;
vents sealed, no release during time in water until raised
||IOSA called regarding vessel
with leaking fuel tank at Roche Harbor Marina, owner plugging
leak and in need of pumping fuel out; IOSA responders delivered
manual fuel pump and 55-gal. drum and assisted owner to begin
||Sheen reported at Blind Bay,
Shaw Island; unrecoverable
||Diesel spill from barge near
Warbass Way, San Juan Island; barge operator reported spill,
cleaned it up; IOSA assessed and found only light sheen
||Diesel spill in Fisherman Bay,
Lopez Island; source unknown, unrecoverable
|12-26 thru 12/28/05
||40' wooden cabin cruiser sank in
slip at Islander Marina in Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island; IOSA
deployed boom; recovered approx. 5 gals. diesel, small amount of
lube oil & hydraulic fluid; owner pumped water out and raised
2004 Summary of Spill Pages and
||Sheen flowing from vessel into
Beaverton Cove, Port of Friday Harbor assessed on-site,
||Fire truck fuel spill into
parking area in Eastsound, some fuel in storm drain - Fire
district used sorbents at parking area, unrecoverable sheen on
||Unregistered vessel grounded
onshore, damaged rudder; IOSA worked out salvage and fuel
removal plan with USCG & Vessel Assist, owner returned in
evening and took responsibility for vessel salvage
|5-27 thru 6/4/04
||Seiner vessel "Panther" sunk in
Beaverton Cove; boom deployed, 5 gallon bucket of soft tar on
bottom & misc. floating containers of petroleum-based materials
removed, 80 gallons of hydraulic oil cleaned up at water's
surface, remaining 80 gallons of hydraulic pumped from vessel,
then vessel raised & hauled out
||Skiff sank w/gas can, Orcas,
unrecoverable sheen was found
||Sheen reported in Fisherman's
Bay; assessed on-site, unrecoverable sheen was found
||Nordic tug grounded near Brown
Island; Vessel Assist shut off fuel valve, rainbow sheen,
|6/25 thru 7/2/04
||Seiner vessel "Andrew Z" sunk in
60' water between Brown Island & San Juan Island, hydraulic oil
& diesel on water; boom deployed, fuel & oil cleaned up from
water's surface, approximately 350# oiled sorbents were disposed
||Vessel aground on Matia Island;
State Parks assessed on-site, fuel valve was closed,
unrecoverable sheen on water
||Vessel anchored on submerged
seiner "Andrew Z", stirred up site; site checked for sheen,
debris or recoverable oil, only unrecoverable sheen found
||Mystery sheen 15' offshore at
American Camp; assessment determined sheen not caused by
petroleum or hazardous material
||Report of drum floating in Wasp
Passage; drum had moved on by time of report
||Report of life jackets & boat
pillow floating in Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, maybe some oil,
possible sunken boat; assessed on-scene, no boat, no spill
||Fuel spill at Rosario Marina,
sheen assessed & found to be unrecoverable
||Fuel spill at Shipyard Cove boat
launch; owner cleaned up fuel
|10/4 thru 10/7/04
||Landing craft Rhino I capsized,
laying submerged on port side near Hunter Bay dock, Lopez; boom
deployed, divers assessed, pumped 150 gallons diesel fuel & 15
gallons hydraulic oil from vessel, small amounts of recoverable
fuel on water were cleaned up
|10/14 thru 10/18/04
||Dalco Passage (Vashon Island)
spill; IOSA teams worked on wildlife search & rescue operations
||Report of possible spill at
Blind Bay, Shaw Island; assessed, determined to not be oil
||Bilge oil in Deer Harbor moving
into lagoon; assessed on-site through afternoon, no recoverable
fuel was found
||White fluid spilling from Friday
Harbor storm drain into bay; on-water assessment determined it
was an unrecoverable non-petroleum substance; Town of FH
investigated storm drains for source of material (probably
||Sheen near Port of Friday Harbor
reported by WSF; assessed on-site, sheen had dissipated
||Report of brown soot-like
substance in water near Cattle Pass; responders on IOSA barge
assessed & found streamers of soot/ash covering a wide area
||Sheen reported from sunken
"Andrew Z" in Friday Harbor, assessed, unrecoverable
|12/24 & 12/25/04
||WSF Sealth hit Reid Rock,
returned to Friday Harbor dock with damaged hull & diesel fuel
leaking into bilge; IOSA deployed boom around ferry as directed
by USCG, no spill
2003 Summary of Spill Pages and
||Vessel sinking, Lopez Island -
vessel stabilized, IOSA checked for & removed hazmats
||USCG called for assessment of
floatplane crash in water off Orcas Island; plane in deep water,
location not known, no spill seen
||32' vessel partly submerged in
Fish Creek, south end of San Juan Island; sheen from vents -
IOSA responders assessed, offered assistance & sorbents to
neighbors, who pulled vessel up
||IOSA boom used to contain
leaking vessel at Port of Friday Harbor
||Tarballs reported at Entrance
Bay, north of Andrews Bay, west side of San Juan Island
||Arrangements made with Vessel
Assist to pump vessel referred to above on 4/21
||Vessel sank near Friday Harbor;
IOSA assessed site, found vessel is same one that previously
sank in 2002 - IOSA had removed hazmats & fuel during prior
incident, unrecoverable sheen only this time
||Call from DEM - 100 yd x 1 mile
sheen SW of Iceberg Point, south end of Lopez, reported by Navy
- ongoing assessment provided via info from pilots in area
(phone link through Friday Harbor Airport Unicom radio operator)
- sheen dissipated 2 miles offshore, source unknown
|6/2 thru 6/5/03
||House being moved to Fisherman
Bay on Lopez fell off barge in intertidal area; IOSA asked to
deploy containment boom around wreckage
||Assess orange substance on shore
at Aleck Bay, Lopez - sample taken, found to be algae
||Report of sheen off west side of
Orcas Landing; when checked, sheen had drifted west & dissipated
||Report from someone w/pager
about a spill off Posie Island, north end of San Juan; checked
with Roche Harbor & nearby residents listed on IOSA's access &
viewpoint maps, sheen no longer visible
||USCG called re: sheen at
Westsound, Orcas Island; IOSA responder checked, found nothing.
Later found out it was from Cayou Quay at Deer Harbor, took
sample & tested with pad
||Report of sheen from sailboat at
Shallow Bay; IOSA talked with people on-site, who had enough
sorbent pads - owner eventually plugged vents
||Report re: possible oil at
Rosario Marina; talked with on-site personnel, was algae bloom
||Island Petroleum called to
report unrecoverable sheen at dock on Orcas; IOSA responder
checked by boat from Yellow Island to Deer Harbor, saw nothing.
USCG later reported it was from fuel transfer at Deer Harbor,
picked up by marina staff
||Deer Harbor Marina reported
sheen; IOSA responder checked, turned out to be from fuel
transfer on a vessel, none recoverable at this point
||Report of sheen at Bayhead
Marina, Orcas Island; IOSA responder checked, saw none
||Page for ultralite in Rocky Bay,
west side of San Juan; pulled out later with no spill
|9/30 thru 10/6/03
||Shed slowly sinking in Friday
Harbor; IOSA removed hazmats, no spill
||35' sailboat sinking at Port of
Friday Harbor; IOSA talked with on-scene Port personnel, Fire &
Sheriff Depts; Port put out sorbents, no significant release
||36' cabin cruiser sunk near
Islander Dock on Lopez; IOSA responder assessed, found owner, no
||Call from USCG re: sinking
vessel near Friday Harbor; IOSA deployed boom around vessel,
removed accessible hazmats, called Vessel Assist for salvage &
tried to contact owner. Vents were eventually plugged, vessel
raised & small amount of fuel pumped from tanks
|12/18 thru 12/22/03
||30' wooden sailboat blown onto
rocky private beach at Deer Harbor, Orcas; IOSA deployed boom,
removed accessible hazmats & oily debris, called Sound Diving
for salvage, tanks pumped
|12/24 thru 12/27/03
||51' fiberglass yacht sinking in
slip at Rosario Marina with 100-200 gallons of diesel in tanks;
IOSA deployed boom around vessel, cleaned up 40-50 gallons of
diesel along 200' of shoreline in marina & 50-70 gallons inside
the boom. Owner called Vessel Assist for salvage, IOSA monitored
for further fuel release & boom adjustment until vessel was
raised & removed
||Bunker fuel spill near Richmond
Beach; IOSA asked by Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to
provide search & rescue teams.
Summary of Spill Pages and Responses
1/10 & 1/11/02
Beaverton Cove, sinking
vessel- tow and contain vessel, remove fuel from tanks
1/28 thru 1/30/02
Blind Bay, vessel sunk-
contain area above vessel where fuel is, recover fuel
from shore and water, pump tank to remove future spill
Leaking oil drums in Friday
Harbor- assess, some cleanup, responsible party
Rosario Resort fire,
hazardous materials runoff- on-site assess for
recoverable materials, advise
responsible party on runoff barriers/filters above
Unrecoverable sheen at
Cannery Landing- assess, monitor for responsible party
Unrecoverable sheen at
cannery landing - follow-up with suspected responsible
Shoal Bay vessel sinking-
Unrecoverable sheen at
Cannery Landing - assess/check suspected vessel
Unmarked drum report, Deer
Harbor, Orcas Island- assess for leaking, identify,
return to responsible party
Brandts Marina sheen-
assessed for ongoing source, no source present
North Lopez Island diesel
sheen- assess, unrecoverable, no ongoing source found
Sheen at Cannery Landing-
assess, unrecoverable, work on preventing more releases
Russell’s landing tank farm
spill- on standby for exclusion booming - negligible
amount of fuel escaped from secondary containment
6/30 thru 7/1/02
Long Island vessel
sinking/grounding- contain vessel, monitor overnight to
next morning, standby for recovery of oil in boom
Diesel fuel in Reid Harbor,
Stuart Island, late at night- investigation pointed to
one-time source from Bayliner at mouth of bay earlier in
day, none recoverable
7/3 thru 7/5/02
Vessel "Malibu" grounding
south of Yellow Island- contain vessel, recover fuel
from engine compartment, standby with skimmer, drums,
pump truck for potential recovery of 2500 gallons. tend
boom, recover small releases inside boom
Cannery Landing sheen-
assess, follow-up with witness report
Decatur residents report
past spill from fishing boat- investigate
More reports from Decatur
Island residents and pilots- talk to owner about
prevention of future problems
More reports, and situation
8/18 thru 8/20/02
Tar patties onshore at
Spencer Spit State Park, McCardle and Watmough Bays-IOSA
responders recovered tar patties, washed and cared for
8/22 thru 8/24/02
Tar onshore at Eastbound-
recover tar and store for later disposal
Westsound plane crash into
water, aviation fuel released- no recovery
Tar onshore at Yellow
Island and McCardle bay- recover tar
Tar onshore at American
Camp National Park- recover tar
8/25 thru 8/27/02
Vessel sank after being
blown onto rocks at Iceberg Point, Lopez Island; IOSA
responders collected fuel, hazardous materials & debris
Tar balls at Richardson
Cove- remove tar from beach
Tar balls at Double Cove,
Orcas Island- recover from beach
Vessel underway, Blakely to
Friday Harbor, reported by USCG- call port, will meet
boat at dock and provide supplies to cleanup source
Tar balls onshore near
Obstruction Pass- recover
More tar balls found near
Obstruction Pass, Orcas and Flat Point, Lopez
Fishing vessel grounded on
Clements Reef- locate salvage vessel to assist, standby,
crack to hull but no fuel leaking
Sheen at port of Friday
Harbor- unrecoverable, looking for source
11/14 thru 11/15/02
Diesel spilling from vessel
at port of Friday Harbor, sheen reported by USCG- set
sweep across suspected slip, found source, recovered
diesel on water, pumped diesel from bilge and damaged
11/14 thru 11/15/02
North Orcas, vessel
grounded, breaking up- pump tank & remove hazardous
Vessel sunk in deep water
near Patos Is. - unrecoverable gas released
Fisherman’s Bay, Lopez
Island, sinking boat- make arrangements for boat to be
pumped before total submersion, follow-up with
responsible party to prevent future sinking & to remove