Incident Archive – 2009


OSV Monarch Sinking

Date: 1/15/2009

Location: Cook Inlet, Alaska

Incident Summary

OSV Monarch SinkingOn January 15, 2009, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Ocean Marine Systems Inc. (OMSI) to respond to the sinking of the M/V Monarch, a 180 foot platform supply vessel.  The Monarch sank at the southwest corner of the Chevron Granite Point platform in Cook Inlet.  Chadux mobilized two incident management team (IMT) personnel (planning and operations) on the 16th to assist the RP in managing the incident.  On January 17th, Chadux provided a safety officer, a deputy finance section chief, and a planning/ logistics assistant.   Chadux personnel assisted in the development of the IAP, ran IMT meetings, developed the site safety plan, developed long range contingency plans, and assisted in the move to a new Command Post.  No spill response for this event was possible due to ice conditions.  By January 20th all Chadux personnel had returned to Anchorage.

On April 29, 2009, Alaska Chadux was notified that a chemical tote from the M/V Monarch had been spotted at the mouth of Devil’s Inlet on Afognak Island.  Photos from the area allowed identification of the tote; it contained approximately 2,700 pounds of PA-033 Paraffin Dispersant and appeared to be undamaged.  Chadux contracted with a landing craft, the M/V Lazy Bay and dispatched a response supervisor to work with the salvage crew.  A cargo recovery plan was drawn up in cooperation with the representatives from Ocean Marine Services, Inc. (OMSI).  An overflight confirmed the location of the container and the Chadux supervisor and the M/V Lazy Bay departed for the recovery site.  The container was winched aboard the vessel, returned to Kodiak, and shipped back to OMSI’s facility via Northland Barge.  Chadux personnel returned to the office by May 1.


Husky II Cleanup

Date: 1/02/2009

Location: Seldovia, Alaska

Incident Summary

Husky IIOn February 2, 2009, Alaska Chadux resumed work on the Husky II.  Chadux personnel inspected the vessel, along with representatives from the lightering team, and members of the USCG.  Site safety plans and lightering plans for the project were then developed.  On February 12, equipment for the project was staged at Chadux and shipped to Seldovia.  On the February 15, Chadux personnel began mobilizing to Seldovia and by February 17, personnel from PENCO, Emerald Services, SOS, and Fairweather Marine (crew for the support vessel the Arctic Wolf) were on-scene and work commenced.  At the peak of the project, up to 20 personnel were involved.  After clearing the vessel of obvious working hazards, all hazardous wastes were removed, packaged, and prepared for shipment.  Lightering pumps were set up and diesel fuel and contaminated ballast and bilge water were removed from the vessel.  By the end of the project, approximately 6150 gallons of diesel fuel and 21,500 gallons of oily liquids were removed from the Husky II.  Thirty-two bags of oiled solids were generated and burned in a Smart Ash burner.  By February 24, the Arctic Wolf had been demobilized and the last of the Chadux personnel returned home on February 26.


Barge 450-8 Spill

Date: 2/12/2009

Location: Valdez, Alaska

Incident Summary

On February 12, 2009, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Crowley Marine Services to respond to a diesel spill on the deck of the 450-8 barge.  The spilled material was contained on the barge deck and the crew had begun to collect spilled product with sorbent materials.  Chadux dispatched a supervisor and crew of five to assist with snow melting and oil recovery.  Response personnel worked cleaning the barge deck until they were demobilized and returned to Chadux on February 17.  Over 400 oily waste bags with sorbents and recovered oil were generated during the cleanup process.  Chadux personnel in Anchorage further assisted Crowley by writing a waste management and disposal plan.


Barb M II Spill

Date: 6/12/2009

Location: Seward, Alaska

Incident Summary

Barb M IIOn the evening of June 12, 2009, Alaska Chadux was notified by the US Coast Guard that a vessel in Seward, Alaska was leaking fuel.  The Barb M II (a 90 foot power scow) was tied up near the Seward dry dock and had emulsified oil floating around it.  The vessel owners had deployed some sorbent boom, but the leak appeared to be increasing in volume and the owners were non-responsive.  Chadux was activated under the Coast Guard Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) and mobilized personnel from Shoreside Petroleum in Seward.  A crew of three with a skiff and 300 feet of harbor boom were able to boom the vessel within 3 ½ hours of initial notification.  The following morning a crew of Chadux personnel (one supervisor and two response technicians) mobilized to Seward with a response skiff, river boom, and some sorbent materials.  The Chadux personnel maintained the boom and assisted with the offloading of fuel on to vacuum trucks.  All personnel returned to Anchorage on June 15.


Mar Gun Grounding BOA

Date: 3/07/2009

Location: St. George Island, Alaska

Incident Summary

On March 7, 2009, Alaska Chadux was notified by the USCG that the F/V Mar Gun had gone aground on St. George Island.  Chadux was initially requested to serve as QI for the incident, but O’Briens was brought in to take command of the response efforts.  Chadux provided several berms for secondary containment and decon which were eventually sold to the responsible party.


Harris Sand and Gravel Barge Sinking

Date: 3/09/2009

Location: Whittier, Alaska

Incident Summary

Harris Spud Barge On March 9, 2009, Alaska Chadux was contacted by the City of Whittier harbormaster and notified that a construction barge had sunk in the Whittier harbor.  Approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel was at risk of polluting the harbor and the harbormaster employed ADEC boom to encircle the vessel.  Chadux negotiated a RAC with the barge owner, Harris Sand and Gravel, and dispatched two Chadux supervisors and four contract spill technicians with a work boat and some response equipment.  Chadux personnel replaced the ADEC boom with 800’ of boom from the Whittier hub and deconned and restowed the ADEC boom.  Over the next three days, Chadux maintained the containment boom and assisted the RP in removing residual fuel from the barge.  On March 11, one supervisor and two response personnel returned to Anchorage followed by the rest of the crew the next day.


K-Sea 282 Overflight

Date: 5/27/2009

Location: Cook Inlet, Alaska

Incident Summary

On May 27, 2009, two Chadux personnel participated in a surveillance overflight of Cook Inlet off of Nikiski following a collision between the tug Pacific Challenger and the K-Sea 282 barge.  The impact caused a crack in the barge and the overflight was scheduled to determine the extent of the release.  No recoverable product was sighted and all Chadux personnel returned to the office by the end of the day.


Wainwright BOA

Date: 7/10/2009

Location: Wainwright, Alaska

Incident Summary

On July 10, 2009, Alaska Chadux was activated under the Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) to participate in an overflight off Wainwright, Alaska where a mystery spill had been reported.  One Chadux employee joined the USCG personnel and flew to Wainwright.  The “spill” was located and sampled and was determined to be an algae bloom.  The Chadux representative returned to the office by the end of the day.


Nahanni Sinking

Date: 8/23/2009

Location: Prince William Sound, Alaska

Incident Summary

F/V NahanniOn August 23, 2009, Alaska Chadux was contracted by the owner of the F/V Nahanni, to respond to a spill from his vessel which had run aground just south of Sawmill Bay in Prince William Sound.  Chadux mobilized three response personnel from Anchorage, a berthing vessel from Whittier, and a response vessel and crew from Cordova.  The vessel was boomed with 200 feet of harbor boom and 40 meters of fast water boom within 10 hours of notification.  Chadux personnel remained on-scene, maintained the boom, and collected escaping fuel using sorbent materials.  By August 26, the salvor had removed all fuel from the tanks and all personnel demobilized.


Sound Developer BOA

Date: 10/15/2009

Location: Cordova, Alaska

Incident Summary

On October 15, 2009, Chadux was activated by the USCG to provide assistance for the Sound Developer, a landing craft that sank in the Cordova harbor.  Chadux provided three pumps, a hose kit, and a Manta Ray skimmer for deployment during the response.  All equipment was demobilized by November 6.


Busby Island Tug Grounding

Date: 12/23/2009

Location: Valdez, Alaska

Incident Summary

Tug PathfinderOn December 23, 2009, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Crowley Marine Services to respond to a diesel spill from the tug Pathfinder.  On the morning of December 24, Chadux mobilized a team of six responders plus two Chadux supervisors and a Chadux representative who departed Anchorage for Valdez in two chartered aircraft.  The initial response team assisted in tending boom and recovering sorbent materials and Chadux’s liaison worked closely with the Operations Section Chief in the command post.  On December 26, an additional five response personnel, plus one Chadux supervisor, departed for Valdez.  The combined response teams were tasked with equipment and vessel decon, security, and waste management.  The first six response personnel and the Chadux representative were demobilized on December 28. The remainder of the crew returned the next day.


Hub Exercises



Date: 6/06/2009

Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On June 6, 2009, Alaska Chadux conducted its triennial hub exercise for Kodiak, Alaska.  Three Chadux personnel, four in-region response personnel from member companies (Kodiak Oil Sales and Petro Marine Services), two crew members from the M/V Lazy Bay, and three USCG personnel participated in the exercise.  The primary exercise objective was to test the diversion booming tactics in Kodiak GRS K-1 at the mouth of the Buskin River.  While subsistence fishing activities did not allow for operations at the exact site of the GRS, a nearby alternate location with a similar shoreline configuration was used.  One thousand feet of deflection boom in three chevrons was deployed.



Date: 7/23/2009

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Location: Nome, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On July 23, 2009, Alaska Chadux conducted its triennial hub exercise for Nome, Alaska with assistance from Nome Joint Utilities, Crowley Marine, and Bonanza Fuel.

Nome Joint Utilities served as the sponsor for the exercise and the simulated release came from their truck rack area.  NJUS personnel, supported by the Bonanza Fuel work skiff and crew deployed 700 feet of harbor boom from the NJUS connex at the Port.  The boom was anchored about ¾ the way across the Snake River and angled to create a collection point at the shore.  A Manta Ray skimmer was deployed and operated at this site.  Personnel from Bonanza Fuel, Crowley Marine, and the Crowley skiff deployed and anchored 300 feet of boom to create a collection point at the boat launch near Belmont Point.  One Manta Ray and one drum skimmer were set up at this site and water from the skimmers was pumped into a Fast Tank and the NJUS oil-water separator.



Date: 8/13/2009

Location: Bethel, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On August 13, 2009 Alaska Chadux conducted its hub exercise in Bethel with the assistance of Crowley Marine Services personnel.  The main objective of the exercise was to introduce the boom vane to

Crowley personnel and to conduct a fast-water deployment.  Three Chadux response personnel and fourteen Crowley personnel participated in the exercise.  Thirty meters of fast water boom was deployed with the boom vane and three Crowley vessels were used to tend two sections (400’ total) of boom on either side of the fuel dock.  A drum skimmer was also deployed and operated.


ASIG Exercise

Date: 9/30-10/1/2009

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On September 30 and October 1, 2009 Aircraft Services International Group (ASIG) conducted a two day tabletop and equipment deployment, with the assistance of the Alaska Chadux Corporation.  The first day of the program consisted of ICS training and a tabletop exercise, in which the IMT developed an Incident Action Plan.  During the second day of the program, one element of the IAP was deployed.  ASIG and Chadux personnel deployed fast-water boom and a barrier dam in accordance with the NCI-01 Fish Creek Geographic Response strategy.  Additional training was conducted on recovery and storage equipment.


Red Dog Mine Deployment

Date: 7/15/2009

Location: Red Dog Mine, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On July 15, 2009 one Chadux supervisor and five contract personnel worked with Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming for the tank farm refueling operation.  The Chadux response team worked around the clock to boom the fueling barge and maintain the boom during normal port operations.


Kodiak SERVS Fishing Vessel Exercise

Date: 9/16/2009

Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On September 16, 2009, SERVS requested assistance in conducting its Kodiak Fishing Vessel training.  Alaska Chadux provided response equipment for training and deployment and one spill technician for the duration of the exercise.