The tug Samson Mariner, towing container barge with 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel, stuck on Rosa Reef in Tongass Narrows, Alaska. The tug suffered breaches and some quantity of bunkering oil leaked at the water, but fortunately the barge was not affected and did not suffered damages. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched rescue boats and hazmat team to treat the water pollution. The divers were sent at the troubled vessel and patched the breach. The grounded tug Samson Mariner was refloated and towed to Ward Cove, where was docked for repairs and safety inspection. The barge was also towed to Alaska and safely secured at the port.
Approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel spilled from the tug prior to being patched by Alaska Commercial Divers. The local authorities initiated immediate cleansing of the water around the Rosa Reef. A Coast Guard was conducted to determine the extent of any possible sheen or environmental impacts.
“We are working closely with our partner agencies to recover as much of the spilled product as possible”, said the Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander, Capt, Shannan Greene. “When spilled, this type of diesel spreads quickly into thin films forming patches of rainbow and silver sheens. We expect the sheen to break up within the next 12 to 24 hours, with scattered sheens potentially still visible under the low wind conditions forecast for tomorrow. Although not expected to impact sensitive areas or wildlife, we routinely collaborate with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to mitigate these risks”, added he.
According to the official report of the Coast Guard, the environmental pollution might be much higher, as the towing tug Samson Mariner has 30,000 gallons of fuel on board and the barge has 40,000 gallons of diesel. The barge did not sustain any damage and has been secured.
The tug Samson Mariner has overall length of 30.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The accident happened during a voyage of the convoy to Valdez, Alaska with ETA February 21 of their regular sailing schedule between Seattle and Western Alaska.