Partially Sunken Vessel Debunkered in Washington State

Thursday March 9, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has announced that more than 70 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil were removed from a partially sunken former research vessel on Tuesday.

The 125-foot vessel Hero partially sank at the pier in Bay Center near Willapa Bay, Washington on Monday.

Upon notification of the situation, USCG personnel, as well as personnel from the Washington Department of Ecology, responded to the assess pollution risks.

With light sheening reported, response crews deployed sorbent booms and pads around the vessel.

USCG says it opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in the amount of $25,000 in order to minimise pollution potential from the vessel and support the debunkering process.

"Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology personnel will continue to monitor the vessel for any further pollution," noted USCG.