(Information on this site is considered to be accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.)
September 25, 9 a.m.
The vessel owner has submitted a salvage plan to the
US Coast Guard for review and approval. Today
the USCG, Ecology and Washington Department of Natural Resources will discuss
future removal options.
After consultation with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH),
Ecology determined they will not be testing shellfish
in Pleasant Harbor following the PC AVALON sinking Sunday, September 14.
Ecology learned from DOH Office of Shellfish and Water Protection that prior to
the Avalon incident, Pleasant Harbor was permanently closed for commercial
shellfish harvesting because of its close proximity to marinas.
DOH previously issued a Health Advisory to the public not to consume shellfish
from Pleasant Harbor due to the presence of pollution. For more information,
please contact Kelly Stowe, DOH,
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Washington State Department of Ecology
responded the grounding of a 60-foot former fishing vessel PC AVALON that
ran aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning, Sept.
The owner reported 300-500 gallons of diesel fuel was onboard the vessel. The Brinnon Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s boat, and Pleasant Harbor
Marina staff deployed sorbent boom to soak up spilled diesel and slow down the
spread of it in the harbor.
Jefferson County dispatch notified USCG Sector Puget Sound that the 60-foot
PC AVALON ran aground in Pleasant Harbor at 3:30 a.m. The grounding occurred about
an hour earlier at 2:30 a.m.
The four people aboard abandoned the vessel and made it ashore to Pleasant
Harbor State Park aboard a dinghy.
Members from Sector Puget Sound’s Incident Management Division along with
Ecology, Global Diving and Salvage and the local fire department responded to
Monday, Sept. 14, Global Diving & Salvage completed removal of fuel from two
tanks on the vessel and sealed the tanks. The estimated total amount
recovered from the fuel tanks is 350 gal.
A curtain of oil containment boom will remain around the vessel for an
undetermined length of time.
A plan for monitoring the site is being developed.
Estimated volume spilled to harbor remains at 50 to 100 gallons.
Oiled pads (in bags on tarps) are staged near shore were removed on Tuesday.
Sheen and diesel odor greatly diminished by Monday, but should still be expected
for another day or two. There may be some bubbles of oil coming up from vessel
inside the hard boom over the next couple of days.
The USCG continues to lead the response. Ecology will remain involved as long as
needed to represent state, local and public interests.
Ecology has restocked spill supplies used by Brinnon Fire Department and
Pleasant Harbor Marina in responding to the PC AVALON.
Remaining issues include removal of the PC AVALON. The owner wants to
attempt removing the vessel. A plan must be submitted and approved by USCG
There may be impacts to nearby private shellfish beds, however commercial
harvest of shellfish within Pleasant Harbor has been prohibited for some time
according to the Washington Department of Health.