Incident Archive – 2012

False Pass Tank Farm Gasoline Release

Date: 3/4/2012

Location: False Pass, Alaska

Incident Summary

On March 4, 2012, Peter Pan Seafoods False Pass facility personnel discovered an unleaded gasoline spill within their tank farm containment. The fuel had migrated beneath the snow and ice in the tank farm. An estimated 3,468 gallons of unleaded gasoline were lost from a 30,610 gallon capacity tank. Site personnel transferred the fuel out of the suspect tank into barrels and tanks and removed 30 gallons of water and gasoline mixture from the secondary containment area. Alaska Chadux was contracted to delineate the spill site and assess possible remaining product amount within containment. The site assessment indicated that the remaining fuel was residual and much of the spilled product had evaporated. Peter Pan Seafoods will continue to monitor and collect any future melted product mixture.

 

Dillingham Jet Fuel Release

Date: 4/20/2012

Location: Dillingham, Alaska

Incident Summary

On April 20, 2012, personnel from Chadux member company Delta Western discovered that a jet fuel pipeline had failed, leaking approximately 300 gallons of product.  The spilled material contaminated an area of snow and ice. Alaska Chadux was contracted to collect the snow and recover the jet fuel.  Chadux response personnel filled three Fast Tanks with snow and ice, and used a forced air heater to speed the melting process.  Recovered fluids were stored in an ISO tank; this fluid was then run through a filter tote to remove hydrocarbons.  Approximately 1/3 of the spilled jet fuel was recovered by the end of the project.

 

Puffin Island Spill

Date: 6/08/2012

Location: Puffin Island, Alaska

Incident Summary

USAV Monterrey - Puffin Island ResponseOn the evening of June 8, 2012, the Army landing craft USAV Monterrey struck a rock near Kodiak Harbor and beached on Puffin Island at the mouth of the Buskin River.  An estimated 8,000 to 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel was released.  Chadux was mobilized by the USCG under a Basic Ordering Agreement early the next morning.  A response team from Anchorage took a charter flight to Kodiak.  Local response personnel, a vessel coordinator, and response vessels were hired and mobilized, along with the equipment in Chadux’s Kodiak hub.  Chadux set up staging, deployed containment boom around the Monterrey, and began cleaning up hot-spots of contamination.  For the next two weeks, Chadux personnel continued spot cleanup operations, maintained the containment boom, and decontaminated the connex boxes and gear stored on the deck of the Monterrey.  Chadux developed a waste management plan and handled all waste storage, transport, and disposal.  The incident response was concluded on June 23.

 

Lake Spenard Aircraft Crash

Date: 10/01/2012

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Incident Summary

Lake Spenard Airplane CrashOn October 1, 2012, Alaska Chadux assisted Global Diving and Salvage with a pollution response to a floatplane crash in Lake Spenard.  Chadux dispatched three personnel with containment boom and a work skiff.  Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom while the plane was raised and stabilized.  On the second day of the incident, Chadux continued on-water containment and recovery operations and provided a berm to contain parts of the aircraft.  Equipment was demobed by the end of the second day.

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Spill

Date: 9/07/2012

Location: Unalaska, Alaska

Incident Summary

On September 7, 2012, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Magone Marine to respond to the sinking of the L/C Joshua at the dock in Unalaska.  Chadux provided an oleophilic skimmer and hose kit to recover the fuel leaking from the partially submerged vessel.  The skimmer was operated over a period of three days prior to demobilization.

 

Tug Polar Wind Grounding

Date: 11/14/2012

Location: Ukolnoi Island, Alaska

Incident Summary

Tug Polar Wind & Barge Unimak TraderOn November 14, 2012, Alaska Chadux was mobilized by Meredith Management Group to respond to the grounding of the tug Polar Wind and her barge, the Unimak Trader.  The two vessels went aground on the south side of Ukolnoi Island, about 40 miles east of Cold Bay, Alaska.  Global Diving and Salvage was already involved as a salvor in the project and became the Incident Management Team for the incident.  Chadux mobilized a crew of four personnel to King Cove aboard a chartered aircraft, to set up staging and look for work platforms.  Chadux’s VOSS equipment was loaded for air transport to King Cove.  On November 18, two additional response personnel were dispatched to the incident.  Once fully mobilized, Chadux employed two 58’ seine vessels as spill response platforms for on-water containment and recovery of spilled fuel.  Containment boom from the ADEC spill connex in King Cove was used to boom off the tug while salvage and fuel lightering was conducted.  Over the next two weeks, Chadux supported the larger operation as weather permitted.  Once the threat of additional fuel spills was diminished, Chadux’s crew and equipment were demobilized (November 29) and Chadux worked to restock the King Cove ADEC connex.

 

Egavik Naknek Release

Date: 12/14/2012

Location: Naknek, Alaska

Incident Summary

EgavikOn December 14, 2012 Alaska Chadux was notified of a vessel in Naknek that was being readied for winter storage, had leaked diesel onto the shoreline.  Local maintenance personnel had recovered much of the spilled fuel, but the vessel owner (the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation) wanted an independent assessment of the spill site.  Chadux chartered an aircraft for a Saturday flight to King Salmon and two personnel performed the site assessment.

 

Kulluk Grounding

Date: 12/27/2012

Location: Shelikoff Straits, Alaska

Incident Summary

Drilling Rig Kulluk & Tugs Aiviq and NanuqOn December 27, 2012, Alaska Chadux was notified that the drill rig Kulluk was adrift in the Shelikoff Straits and her tow vessel, the Aiviq, was also disabled.  Chadux began mobilizing equipment and personnel, and once the Kulluk went aground, began deploying in support of the salvage efforts.  Only the 330 feet of fast water boom was actually deployed for GRS tactics.  All other equipment was staged in case of a pollution incident.  All personnel and equipment were returned to Chadux by January 11, 2013.

 

 

Projects

 

T/V Renda Nome Fuel Transfer

Date: 1/04/2012

Location: Nome, Alaska

Project Summary

In December of 2011, Vitus Marine approached the Alaska Chadux Corporation for support with the late-season delivery of fuel to Nome using the T/V Renda.  Chadux’s original proposal was not accepted by Vitus until the first part of January, 2012.  On January 4, 2012, Alaska Chadux received a resource order from member company Vitus Marine to stage equipment and assist local responders with fuel transfer preparations. Departing on January 8, 2012, a Chadux supervisor pre-staged equipment in warm storage and assisted with on-ice preparations. Duties included scouting ice for appropriate hose path, constructing path with local resources, and advising Vitus Marine on preparedness measures. The Chadux supervisor also assisted with hose watch and equipment demobilization. He returned to Anchorage on January 20, 2012.  This project was included on the 2012 NPREP report since all response activity occurred in calendar year 2012.

 

Savant Red Wolf

Date: 3/28-4/27/2012

Location: Badami Oil Field, North Slope Alaska

Project Summary

Red Dog Mine Refueling

Date: 7/5, 8/13, 10/03/2012

Location: Red Dog Mine, Alaska

Project Summary

On July 5, 2011, two Chadux supervisors and four contract personnel worked with Teck/Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming during the tank farm refueling operation.  The Chadux response team deployed and maintained containment boom around the barge as it discharged fuel at the Red Dog pier.  Operations were conducted around the clock.

On August 13, 2011, two Chadux supervisors and eight contract personnel worked with Tech/Red Dog Mine personnel to provide containment booming during the tank farm refueling operation.  The Chadux response team deployed and maintained containment boom around the barge as it discharged fuel at the Red Dog pier.  Operations were conducted around the clock.

On October 3, 2012, Alaska Chadux provided one supervisor and six contract personnel to support the final refueling operation of the 2012 season at the Red Dog mine.  Poor weather did not allow the deployment of any containment boom or the response vessel.

 

Dutch Harbor Booming Projects

Date: 7/1-11/18/2012

Location: Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Project Summary

From July 1 through 6, 2012, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the tank vessel Moor in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On July 13, 2012, one Chadux supervisor and a response technician provided preventive booming services for Shoreside Petroleum in Seward.  Assisted by Shoreside personnel, the crew boomed off the USNS Zeus  and the fuel barge.

On July 25 and December 19, 2012, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the tug Guardsman in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On July 25, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the M/V Harvey Explorer  in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On July 27 through 28, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the tug Aiviq in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On August 5 through 6 and December 8 through 12, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the drill ship Kulluk in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On August 8, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the M/V Noble Discoverer  in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On August 8, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the M/V Arctic Seal in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On September 7, and October 21, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the vessel Harvey Spirit in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On October 9 through 10, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the Tanker Orestina in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On November 8, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the tugs PT Oliktok and  PT Warrior in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On November 15 through 16, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the vessel Tor Viking and Harvey Spirit in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

On November 17 through 18, Alaska Chadux deployed and maintained containment boom around the vessel Sisauq and vessel Explorer  in Dutch Harbor.  Chadux provided a landing craft, containment boom, and a project manager.

 

 

Exercises

 

Delta Western Tabletop Exercise

Date: 3/29/2012

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On March 29, 2012, Alaska Chadux conducted a tabletop exercise for Delta Western facility managers and several representatives from the corporate office.  The exercise served as the final day of training for a three day class.  Delta Western personnel filled management positions during the simulated response which began with a barge grounding and concluded with an ICS 201 brief presented to an incoming Incident Commander.

 

Chadux Responder Exercise

Date: 6/5/2012

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On June 5, 2012, Alaska Chadux conducted a training exercise in conjunction with a safety manager meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.  The exercise involved the deployment of the Chadux Responder boom arm, inflatable boom, and a fuzzy drum skimmer.

 

Prince William Sound Exercise

Date: 8/9-8/7/2012

Location: Whittier, Alaska

Exercise Summary

Over two days, August 6 and 7, 2012, Alaska Chadux conducted a training exercise out of Whittier Alaska.  The exercise involved Chadux vessels and several vessels of opportunity.  Representatives from member companies, regulatory agencies, and other spill response organizations were invited to attend.  Chadux deployed its Harborbuster, tested the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) on several vessels, and trained contractors and fishing vessel crews on Chadux’s equipment.

 

Princess Cruise Line Exercise

Date: 8/22/2012

Location: Whittier, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On August 22, 2012, Alaska Chadux coordinated with the arrival of the Princess Cruise Lines Island Princess to conduct a brief exercise with the Chadux Responder in Whittier.

 

Alaska Railroad Exercise

Date: 9/23/2012

Location: Healy, Alaska

Exercise Summary

On September 23, 2012 Alaska Chadux supported the Alaska Railroad during a training exercise in Healy, Alaska.  The exercise simulated a train derailment, with several tank cars of diesel being damaged.  Chadux personnel provided initial air monitoring and set up a personnel decontamination station.