Incident Archive – 2008

Anchorage POL Spill

Date: 3/30/2008

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Incident Summary

On March 30, 2008 K-Sea Transportation notified Alaska Chadux that approximately 50 gallons of jet fuel was spilled during a transfer from the T/B 344. The spill occurred at the Port of Anchorage. Chadux assembled its management team and Pete Pritchard headed to the Port to meet with the RP representative. A decision was made to re-check the situation after morning light and determine if a response was required. Chadux personnel and 4 contract laborers arrived at the Port the next morning but were stood down after an examination of the scene.

City of Buckland Tank Farm ReleaseCity of Buckland Tank Farm Release

Date: 4/5/2008

Location: Buckland, Alaska

Incident Summary

On April 4, 2008, Alaska Chadux was contacted by the field representative for Kuskokwim Architect Engineers in Buckland, Alaska. The fuel facility managed by the engineering firm had released approximately 1000 gallons of diesel fuel onto the land outside the tank farm. Chadux was eventually hired by the RP and a Chadux representative sent to Buckland to assess the spill. Following the assessment, Chadux worked with the RP and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to put together a clean up plan. A response supervisor and an assistant was dispatched to Buckland to supervise a locally-hired crew of responders. Snow contaminated with diesel was melted in a decon berm with the recovered fuel (approximately 2750 gallons) stored for reuse on site and the lightly contaminated water run through an oil-water separator (which recovered another 300 gallons of fuel). The assessment phase of the operation went from April 4 through the 8th and the recovery operation lasted from April 9 until the 22nd.

Shishmaref Tank Farm ResponseShishmaref Tank Farm Response

Date: 4/12/2008

Location: Shishmaref, Alaska

Incident Summary

On April 12, 2008 Alaska Chadux responded to a 4000 gallon diesel release to ground at the Shishmaref tank farm. The response occurred under the term contract with the State of Alaska and Chadux provided an operations supervisor and a team lead along with spill response equipment. Local response personnel were trained and then employed to remove and stockpile contaminated snow. Over 13 days, approximately 1,000 gallons of diesel were recovered and 127 cubic yards of contaminated snow were stockpiled. Nearly 40 bags of oily solid waste were burned in a Smart Ash incinerator.

McGrath Jet-A Spill

Date: 4/19/2008

Location: McGrath, Alaska

Incident Summary

On April 19, 2008 Alaska Chadux responded to an estimated 200 gallon jet fuel release to ground at the Crowley tank farm in McGrath. The fuel had leaked from a tank truck and collected in a parking area. Chadux sent one operations supervisor and two response personnel to assist Crowley with the response. Contaminated snow and collected product was removed into drums with residual cleanup conducted with sorbent pads. Chadux shipped a 12×21 decon berm and a Fast Tank to McGrath, but neither were deployed. Approximately 90 gallons of jet fuel were recovered.

Red Dog Fuel TransfersRed Dog Fuel Transfers

Date: July and September, 2008

Location: Red Dog, Alaska

Incident Summary

Chadux personnel assisted Teck Cominco with three fuel transfers in 2008.
On July 10, two Chadux supervisors and four contract personnel worked with Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming for the tank farm refueling operation. The Chadux response team worked round the clock to boom the fueling barge and maintain the boom during normal port operations.

On September 6, one Chadux supervisor and seven contract personnel worked with Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming for the tank farm refueling operation. The Chadux response team worked round the clock to boom the fueling barge and maintain the boom during normal port operations. When booming was not possible due to weather or other considerations, the personnel maintained and operated the mine’s response equipment.

On September 30, one Chadux supervisor and seven contract personnel worked with Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming for the tank farm refueling operation. The Chadux response team worked round the clock to boom the fueling barge and maintain the boom during normal port operations.

F/V Northern Mariner GroundingF/V Northern Mariner Grounding

Date: 8/7/2008

Location: Prince William Sound, Alaska

Incident Summary

At 22:30 on August 7, 2008 Alaska Chadux was mobilized by the owner of the F/V Northern Mariner, a 110 foot crabbing vessel that went aground north of Flemming Island in Prince William Sound. Chadux mobilized initial response resources from its Anchorage and Cordova hubs. Two 32’ bowpickers departed Cordova early on August 8 loaded with 300’ of containment boom and a storage bladder. At the same time 3 responders, two task force leaders, and a field operations manager left Whittier for the spill site on a chartered vessel. By 9:45 the vessel was boomed and Chadux responders were standing by to assist the lightering and salvage crews. Over the next 10 days, Chadux maintained two response boats, a berthing vessel, and a skiff on-scene until the F/V Northern Mariner was towed to Seward for repairs. Chadux resources demobilized on August 18.

Valdez Barge SheenValdez Barge Sheen

Date: 8/22/2008

Location: Valdez, Alaska

Incident Summary

On August 22, 2008 Chadux was activated by a member company to respond to a jet fuel release from a barge in Valdez. Two Chadux supervisors and three contract personnel mobilized from Anchorage to assist the RP. The Chadux team remained on-site for two days tending 1800 feet of containment boom and then demobilizing it after the barge was inspected.

Delta Western Mobilization DrillDelta Western Mobilization Drill

Date: 9/11/2008

Location: Unalaska, Alaska

Incident Summary

On September 11, 2008 Chadux was activated by Delta Western to respond to an unannounced ADEC exercise. The scenario involved a grounded tank vessel in Iliuliuk Bay releasing 55,000 barrels of diesel fuel. Chadux was requested to mobilize its Unalaska hub equipment, identify transportation aircraft for people and equipment, and stage response resources at the Ted Stevens International airport. Chadux worked with the Delta Western IMT to identify response resources, secure transportation, and document the response process.

Earthquake Park BOA

Date: 11/5/2008

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Incident Summary

On 11/5/08, Chadux was activated by the USCG to investigate a sheen in Cook Inlet that appeared to emanate from a construction site near Earthquake Park in Anchorage. Chadux personnel met with the USCG representatives at the site and performed an initial site survey. The sheen in the inlet was beyond recovery, shifting the focus to determining the source of the spill. Chadux contracted Emerald Alaska to perform sampling and analysis of oil-water samples from three locations at the site. It was then determined that the USCG would not require Chadux to follow up on the analysis.

F/V Baranof ReleaseF/V Baranof Release

Date: 12/22/2008

Location: Unalaska, Alaska

Incident Summary

On December 22, 2008, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by the O’Briens Group to respond to a diesel fuel release from the F/V Baronof, a crabber/ tender moored in Dutch Harbor. Chadux activated an in-region response team from North Pacific Fuels and Delta Western to provide initial containment of the spill while Chadux personnel and additional contractors were mobilized from Anchorage. One Delta Western supervisor and six crew members deployed 1000 feet of harbor boom using the Delta Western work skiff. Two Chadux supervisors plus four contract response technicians boarded a chartered plane to Dutch Harbor on the 23rd of December but a storm had already dissipated the spilled fuel. The response technicians returned immediately to Anchorage on the charter aircraft and the two Chadux supervisors stayed an additional day to inspect the spill area and meet with the USCG Marine Safety Detachment personnel. All personnel and equipment were returned to home base and full operational status by the evening of December 24.

Valdez Refinery FireValdez Refinery Fire

Date: 12/29/2008

Location: Valdez, Alaska

Incident Summary

On December 29, 2008, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Petro Star to respond to the Valdez refinery fire. Chadux mobilized a spill response group to recover the crude oil and glycol that was released during the fire and an incident management team (IMT) support group to assist with organizing the response. The spill response group consisted of two Chadux supervisors and six response technicians. This group worked until January 10th using heavy equipment and sorbent materials to recover and stockpile crude oil, glycol, and contaminated snow. Approximately 43,000 gallons of oily waste water and 144 bags of oily waste were generated during the response. The IMT support group (liaison, logistics, planning, and a site safety officer) worked with the RPIC to develop a daily work plan covering all operations on-site. The logistics and planning personnel were demobilized by January 4th and the site safety officer worked until January 19th.