Source control achieved at site of tugboat grounding

    Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Enviornmental Conservaton

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The latest situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says source control has been achieved at the site of the grounding of the Tugboat Western Mariner in Neva Strait near Sitka.

    The report says salvage crews confirmed Thursday that no fuel is leaving the vessel.  Fuel has also been removed from the engine room.  An estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel were lightered from the port forward tank.

    An overflight of the area of the Alaska Fish and Game Department Thursday morning observed sheen in Neva Strait, Olga Strait, and into Krestof Sound to the north end of Magoun Islands.

    Pacific herring are currently staging for spawning in Sitka Sound.  The report says marine mammals and avian predators are gathering in the area to prey on the herring.  The report says there have been no impacts to marine mammals or wildlife have been reported, although there have been no wildlife surveys conducted at this time.

    Environmental shoreline assessments and wildlife observations will be carried out over the weekend, according to the DEC report.

    Western Mariner went aground after colliding with the barge it was towing early Monday morning spewing oil into the ocean there.



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