(Information on this site is considered to be accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.)
Monday, October 7, 2013 4:00 PM
The 75-foot Granby has changed ownership and been moved to
Goble, Oregon from Willow Grove.
Before it was moved, the cabin – also sometimes called the
“house” -- was removed. This is still in the water at Willow Grove marina. The
cabin does not contain any fuel or oil. The new owner plans to remove the cabin
when weather and other conditions are favorable.
Thursday, 8/29/2013, 3:00pm
Light sheen remains within oil containment boom that surrounds the 75-foot
vessel Granby that sunk Tuesday Aug. 27 at Willow Grove Island on the Columbia
All known recoverable oil has been removed from the vessel, with the exception
of oil in a hydraulic tank, in the vessel’s engine room, that could not be removed
due to safety considerations.
Oil-containment boom and oil-absorbing pads will remain around the vessel
throughout Labor Day weekend, with responders continuing to monitor the
There have been no reports of fish or wildlife injury as a result of the spill.
The cause of the vessel sinking remains under investigation. The vessel owner, who hired and was responsible for the response contractor
costs, continues to provide appropriate progress reports to Ecology and the U.S.
Coast Guard, as directed. Ecology is regularly visiting and assessing the
spill site as well as the down-river areas.
There is no estimated timeframe for completing the cleanup, nor has a timeline
for the vessel owner to develop a plan to raise and remove the vessel been
determined. Many factors can affect how long it takes to resolve an incident,
including weather and tide conditions.
A precautionary Cowlitz County Health Department
advisory asks people not swim or fish in the Columbia River near the Willow Grove Park
area until the visible oil sheen has dissipated, is expected to remain in effect
through the weekend.
Wednesday, 8/28/2013, 1:00pm
Sheen remains in the area where the 75-foot vessel sunk yesterday at Willow
Grove Island, about five miles west of Longview. Cleanup efforts by the
Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and contractors Cowlitz Clean
Sweep Inc and Ballard Diving & Salvage are continuing.
Responders were able to pump an estimated 250 gallons of oil from the vessel. At
this time, responders estimate 50 to 100 gallons of fuel spilled from the vessel
Granby. This number could be revised after spill responders complete their
investigation, including a determination on the amount of fuel onboard the
vessel at the time it sunk.
Divers were unable to remove oil from a hydraulic tank due to safety concerns.
Oil-containment boom and oil-absorbing pads remain deployed around the vessel.
Tuesday, 8/27/2013, 4:15pm
Ecology, the Coast Guard and response contractors Cowlitz Clean Sweep Inc and
Ballard Diving & Salvage continue working to clean up an oil spill associated
with the sunken vessel Granby.
Divers at the scene are preparing to deploy pumps that will be used to remove
oil from the sunken vessel. Once oil is removed, the vessel owner can develop a
plan to raise and remove the vessel.
A Coast Guard helicopter overflight, as well as land and water investigations,
revealed a light sheen along the shoreline about six miles downriver from the
Cowlitz County Health and Human Services also issued an advisory
cautioning people and their pets to avoid contact with the water where oil sheen
is visible near Willow Grove Park. The park is about one mile away from the incident site.
At this time, responders estimate 50 to 100 gallons of oil have spilled. This
number could be revised after divers complete their investigation of the vessel.
Tuesday, 8/27/2013, 7:00am
Ecology and the U.S. Coast guard were notified that a 75-foot, wood-hulled
trawler sunk at Willow Grove Island on the Columbia River, five miles east of
Ecology and the Coast Guard responded along with contractors Cowlitz Clean Sweep
Inc and Ballard Diving & Salvage, which were hired by the boat’s owner.
Response crews placed oil-containment boom and oil-absorbing pads around the
State and federal authorities formed a unified command, and responders and
investigators remain at the site working on cleanup and investigating possible
impacts to wetlands, fish and wildlife. The cause of the sinking also is under
investigation. The sunken vessel, the Granby, was built in 1929.
Photo taken by Curt Piesch, Ecology - Friday Sept 13.
Photo of the Granby taken in 2002.
Date of Incident:
August 27, 2013
Willow Grove Island, Columbia River
50 to 100 gallons of oil
U.S. Coast Guard
8/27/2013 - Press Release
Department of Ecology
9/16/2013 - Press
8/28/2013 - Press Release
- Press Release