(Information on this site is considered to be accurate at the time of posting, but is subject to change as new information becomes available.)
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1:30 PM
Today Unified Command (Ecology, Coast Guard and Shelter Bay
representatives) met with Global Diving and Salvage. After
meeting, the Unified Command made the decision to remove the
containment boom and sorbents along the shoreline and shrink the
containment site to only around J dock where the marina fire
occurred nearly two weeks ago. The boom surrounding the dock
will remain in place until the fire investigators complete their
investigation. Minor sheen remains on the water in only a few
Monday, March 3, 2014, 2 PM
Over the weekend crews maintained boom and cleaned the shoreline. Today they are
working to open the dock adjacent to the one that caught fire. The boom
containing the damaged dock and shoreline will remain in place until the sheen
is gone. Thursday, Ecology will meet with the Coast Guard and marine
representatives to determine next steps, and if the boom can be reduced further.
Friday, February 28, 2014 4 PM
As of Friday, all sunken vessels and large debris have been removed from the
site at Shelter Bay Marina to an offsite yard in Anacortes. This afternoon crews
are removing the outermost boom between the marina basin and the Swinomish
channel, which drastically reduces the size of the cleanup area.
On-water oil recovery efforts are on-going and will continue throughout the
weekend. Oil sheens are being contained within multiple layers of containment
and sorbent booms. No recoverable oil is being noted. Divers have removed an
estimated 10,000 pounds of oily debris and oiled sorbents, and 600 gallons of
diesel fuel was pumped off one vessel that was badly damaged, but did not sink.
To date, no worker injuries or impacted wildlife have been reported.
Next week crews will focus on cleanup of the neighboring docks and associated
vessels and shorelines.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:30 PM
Divers working at the scene are assessing the marina bottom for any other debris
left from the burned boats and placing it on a barge for removal. The next steps
for the cleanup include repairing/replacing/removing portions of the wooden
dock, collecting all oil/product and shrinking the footprint of the incident to
the dock at the site of the fire. Shoreline cleanup will likely occur toward the
end of the week, when crews flush the area with clean water. The entire cleanup
is anticipated to last another week and Ecology anticipates being done with its
on-site work by Friday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4 PM
Crews working to clean the site at the Shelter Bay Marina raised the last two of
six sunken vessels today. A seventh vessel that was damaged, but didn’t sink,
was pumped of its 600 gallons of diesel fuel and will also be placed on a barge
and hauled to a ship yard. Recovery efforts will continue, focusing on debris
pickup and cleaning the oiled wooden pier and nearby vegetation.
Monday, February 24, 2014 3:30 PM
Teams raised two more sunken vessels from Shelter Bay Marina today, bringing the
total to four. The recovered vessels are being barged to a shipyard and being
placed in a chain of custody where the Swinomish Police Department, Skagit
County Fire Department, Coast Guard and insurance companies will conduct
Two more vessels remain in the bay and are expected to be raised tomorrow and
possibly Wednesday. Once the boats are removed environmental work will continue
to clean the wooden dock and nearby vegetation as well as remove remaining
debris from the water.
At this time no wildlife impacts have been reported and all of the recoverable
oil is contained.
Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:30 PM
Cleanup crews made more progress Sunday recovering oil from Shelter Bay. The oil
is being removed by hand with sorbents, which is a slower process than using
skimmers. The skimmers have not been effective in Shelter Bay due to fire debris
on the water. But all recoverable fuel is still being contained with boom. A
small crew will stay overnight to maintain the boom and secure the scene.
Efforts to remove the four remaining vessels from the water also continued.
However, the extent of fire damage to the vessels complicated salvage
operations, and no additional boats were raised on Sunday. Two vessels were
raised and removed on Saturday. Recovery operations will begin again on Monday
Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:30 PM
Two sunken vessels have been successfully removed from the water and placed on a
barge as of Saturday evening. Four remaining vessels will be salvaged over the
next few days. Salvage operations are suspended for the night, but will begin
again Sunday morning.
Calm weather is helping Global Diving and Salvage make good progress recovering
fuel from the water using absorbent boom, sweep and pads. Up to three levels of
boom is still in place around the bay. Some patches of unrecoverable sheen have
been observed outside the boom, but all recoverable fuel appears to be
contained. No damage to wildlife has been seen in the area. Oil recovery will
continue throughout the evening hours.
Ecology will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00 PM
The Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are
continuing to monitor cleanup at Shelter Bay Marina after a fire early Friday
evening that caused six boats to sink and damaged others, many of them filled
with diesel fuel.
An undetermined amount of fuel has been released to the water. Three layers of
oil containment boom and absorbent have been deployed to reduce the spread of
pollution. A skimmer is also working to remove the oil. The extent of any
environmental damage is still being determined, but most of the leaked fuel
appears to be contained. The marina is working with boat owners to determine how
much fuel is on each boat.
Global Diving and Salvage has been hired by the Coast Guard to recover as much
spilled fuel as possible. A separate contractor will be using a crane barge to
remove the damaged vessels from the water. Ecology is working with the Coast
Guard and the contractors to monitor the cleanup. Cleanup and salvage operations
are expected to continue for several days.
The Swinomish Police Department and Skagit County Fire Department are conducting
a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.
Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 PM.
The Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and multiple local fire
departments responded to a fire involving nearly a dozen boats Friday evening at
Shelter Bay Marina, including six that sank. The fire has been extinguished and
oil containment boom has been placed around the area of the fire to prevent the
spread of pollution.
The boom was provided by Ecology through a 2007 equipment grant and was
strategically located in the event of a spill. The extent of any environmental
damage is unknown. Multiple contractors have been hired by the Coast Guard and
the marina to address environmental concerns as well as the salvage of the
vessels. Ecology is working with the Coast Guard and the contractors to monitor