Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tanker Runs Aground in Alaska

By Mark Edward Nero

The 599-foot Norway flagged chemical tanker Champion Ebony ran aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska on June 24, prompting a response by the US Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the National Response Center at 9:24 a.m. that the vessel ran aground carrying about 14.2 million gallons of various fuel products.
However, according to the USCG, the crew of Champion Ebony was able to refloat the vessel and make way under its own power to deeper water at about 9:28 a.m.

An Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules airplane crew conducted an over-flight of the tanker and reported no signs of pollution in the tanker’s vicinity. The weather on scene was reported as calm winds, overcast with three-foot seas.

The tanker is currently anchored to assess for damages.

“Our primary concern is to protect the environment,” said USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Green, a Sector Anchorage watch stander. “We are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.”

The Champion Ebony, built in 2004, is operated by Norway-based Champion Tankers. It is a double-hulled chemical/oil products tanker with 600 feet (183 meters) in overall length, a beam of 105 feet (32 meters) and a gross weight of 27,547 tons.

There were 24 crewmembers aboard at the time of the incident, according to the USCG, but no injuries were reported.