Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Fishing Boat Sinks, Leading to Massive Fuel Removal Effort

Hundreds of gallons of fuel have been removed near Sitka, Alaska, following the sinking of fishing vessel Haida Lady, which had to be retrieved with lift bags and dewatering pumps before being tied off to shore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard monitored Hanson Marine as the contractor handled the removal of about 1,550 gallons of diesel fuel and oil water from the boat’s fuel tanks and 275 gallons of oil from the water using 72 sections of absorbent boom, 1,000 feet of harbor boom and other removal tools.

“After Hanson Maritime removed the fuel from the vessel's fuel tanks, and removed the oiled fishing net, all significant threats from the Haida Lady have been removed or mitigated,” Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Wereda, a marine science technician from MSD Sitka, explained. “We will continue to work with the owner and our port partners to monitor the vessel.”