March 20, 2016 4:30 p.m.
The Ecology mobile command unit is on site and
housing the incident command (state, federal and local
agencies coordinating to cleanup the water and
associated diesel fuel spill)
The team will begin to pump off fuel from vessels today,
and anticipates it will take all day tomorrow to remove
debris from water.
Skimming and use the use of absorbent pads will continue
through the night.
Currently 3,000 ft of boom has been deployed and another
2,000 ft is on its way.
No oiled birds or wildlife has been reported and the
public is asked to call 425-649-7000 if any are
March 20, 2016 1 p.m.
Currently contractors are diving to assess the
fuel tanks of six sunken yachts. Once evaluated they
will plug the tanks or offload fuel as necessary.
The entire yacht club is contained by boom and
protecting Black Jack Creek. Crews are also
deploying boom at a nearby salt marsh.
A flight this morning showed 0.13 square miles of
impacted area with a sheen 2.12 square miles long.
Based on the capacity of all the fuel tanks, 2,000
gallons of diesel fuel is the maximum potential for
releasing to water.
Responders were able to access oil-spill response
equipment from an Ecology equipment cache staged at
nearby Port Orchard Marina. That helped launch a
rapid, aggressive and well-coordinated response.
The USCG opened the oil spill liability fund to
pay for the cleanup.
March 20, 2016 11 a.m.
Ecology and the US Coast Guard are responding to
a boat fire at the Port Orchard Yacht Club that was
reported about about 4 a.m.. At least one boat sank,
releasing approximately 3,000 gallons of oil into
Response contractors are on scene along with the
South Kitsap Fire Rescue and 4,000 feet of boom has
The cause of the fire (which is now extinguished)
is currently unknown and we will continue to provide
details as we receive them.
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Date of Incident & Location:
March 20, 2016/Port Orchard Yacht Club
Diesel fuel/appx. 2,000-gallon potential
US Coast Guard
March 20, 2016
US Coast Guard
March 20, 2016 update