June 7, 2016
The Ocean Shores beach where the fishing vessel Privateer came aground and sank in the breakers April 15 is now nearly clear of the vessel. Crews finished deconstruction this morning.
Some the Privateer’s metal "skin" remains buried under sand. Crews used two excavators to remove as much the vessel as possible.
A small pile of metal parts and insulation material could not be removed before the incoming tide covered the work area. The contractor will return Wednesday to gather this material and remove machines and equipment used for the cleanup.
No fuel remained in the submerged, port-side tank. However, a light-to-medium sheen was generated from what is thought to be either lube oil or grease.
Ecology will continue to monitor the progress of the cleanup until the response is complete, possibly by this weekend.
This update includes new photos on Flickr.
June 6, 2016
Ecology was onsite in Ocean Shores over the weekend
to help oversee the dismantling of the F/V PRIVATEER.
Because of the complexity of working in the surf,
operations are being done only during low tides. There
has been no major discharge of oil, but one of the fuel
tanks has not been assessed. The plan is to maintain a
presence until the pollution threat is controlled or
June 2, 2016, 10 a.m.
The F/V Privateer remains grounded in Ocean Shores.
Weather and tides have not provided a good window to
salvage the vessel but a plan to remove the hull in
pieces in place, is in the works. Global Diving is
contracted to perform the salvage and hopes to begin as
soon as Friday.
May 16, 2016, 5 p.m.
Due to stability concerns of the bluff above the
rocks, the salvage team has opted NOT to pull the vessel
as planned previously. The vessel is still rigged for
pulling, but may have to be reconfigured to pull from a
different direction, possibly using the stern for
The tides, currents, and swells are uncooperative for
any attempt at salvage this week and minimal activity
May 12, 2016 5 p.m.
Conditions did not allow for excavation needed to
prepare for pulling the Privateer up the beach. As a
result the bulldozers have been removed. Over
approximately the next two days, contractor crews will
set up and anchor heavy winches atop the bluff behind
the beach and connect to cable still rigged to the
vessel. A renewed pull attempt will follow.
Spill containment and recovery measures remain in place.
The cooperating response agencies – Ecology, state Dept.
of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks, Ocean
Shores Fire Department – appreciate the public’s ongoing
cooperation with the marked safety zone around the
May 12, 2016 11:30 a.m.
Contractors connected pulley and cable rigging
between the Privateer and two large bulldozers, one to
anchor the rigging and one to pull the vessel to shore.
The set-up nudged the Privateer a short distance while
favorable tide conditions lasted. Crews will make
another attempt to use this set-up on Thursday.
In case any fuel remains on board, contractors continue
to implement measures to contain and recover spills. No
sheen or odor were detected today.
May 9, 2016 5 p.m.
Sunday the contractor responding to the F/V Privateer
salvage in Ocean Shores was finally able to board the
vessel and begin preparing it for removal. Six
five-gallon buckets and one small gas can of fuel were
recovered and another estimated 10-20 gallons of lube
oil spilled into the surf and is unrecoverable.
One 'tidal' (level is rising and dropping with the
tide) tank was sampled and found to be mostly seawater
with some residual diesel. Another inaccessible fuel
tank remains on the vessel but buried in the sand - its
condition is unknown.
Six eight-inch diameter sausage booms are in place to
catch leaking fuel from the boat. This week Global
Diving will rig the boat and attempt to pull it with
April 25, 2016 11:30 a.m.
Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard continue to
monitor the situation in Ocean Shores where the F/V
Privateer remains grounded.
Due to safety concerns, gaining access to,
defueling, and/or salvaging the vessel may is
delayed until early May (6, 7, or 8) when tidal
conditions are more favorable.
Since last week the diesel odor has lessened,
along with the amount of boat debris being washed
April 20, 2016 9 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Ecology are continuing
to respond to the F/V Privateer, which is aground on
the outer beach at Ocean Shores, just north of the
north jetty. The vessel owner's spill response
contractor/salvage company, Global Diving and
Salvage, is still on scene picking up debris when it
comes ashore. Periodic reports of diesel odors in
the area north and east of the vessels location
persist, but the odor is considered a nuisance only.
Estimates for the potential to be released remain
the same -- 2,500 gallons of diesel, 500 gallons of
lube oil and six drums (including waste oil). One
drum has been recovered so far. No estimate is
available for the volume of oil that may have been
spilled because of the inability to safely access
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
Razor Clam Dig Information: In response to the
scheduled razor clam dig Saturday, Apr. 23,the
Washington State Department of Health and the
Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently
assessing the need for a shellfish advisory to
address potential impacts to razor clams from any
released oil on the beaches. No decision has been
made as of this report but information we be posted
to this site as we receive it. The digs are
scheduled to begin in the Mocrocks area early
Saturday morning in Copalis and Mocrocks. Both areas
are several miles north of the vessels location.
Accessing and salvaging the vessel remains
dependent on improved sea conditions combined with a
low-tide window. The Ocean Shores police and fire
departments, along with State Parks, continue to
assist responders with resources for staging
equipment and crowd management.
April 18, 2016 4:30 p.m.
Over the weekend the F/V Privateer remained
grounded and shifted only slightly. The vessel
remained intact, but as the surf attacks, its
rigging, decking and equipment have began breaking
off and washing ashore.
A strong diesel odor was reported Friday night
through Saturday, but no sheen or oil has been
observed on the beach. Choppy seas and a strong surf
have made it unsafe for responders to access the
Crews have been cleaning up the debris onshore and
the beach remains closed.
People are encouraged to avoid areas where they see
or smell oil and follow these recommendations:
Avoid areas where oil can be seen or smelled. If you
see or smell oil, leave the area.Avoid any direct
skin contact with oil, oil-contaminated water and
sediments. If any oil makes contact with your skin,
wash it off immediately with soap and water.
911 if you spot oil on the beach in this area. Give
a specific location. Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard
are working with the owner’s representative on the
response. Based on a report from the captain of the
Privateer, 3,000 gallons of diesel and other oils
were believed to be onboard at the time of its
grounding. No estimate of the volume of oil released
The Ocean Shores police and fire departments, State
Parks and the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife continue to assist with the response and
When conditions allow safe access, the team will
remove any remaining fuel, then attempt to pull the
vessel on shore for salvage and removal.
April 16, 2016 4:30 p.m.
The vessel has shifted from bow in (front of the
boat in the water) to broad side. Low tide was not
low enough to allow safe access by Global Diving
personnel to defuel and rig the vessel.
Safety is the first priority.
Some diesel odors are developing in the area,
particularly to the north of the grounded vessel. No
sheening has been reported on the beach.
The tides are not advantageous and likely will not
be until several days from now, possibly until April
21. Ecology and the USCG will continue to monitor
the situation and consult with the local fire,
police and parks agencies closest to the scene.
April 16, 2016 12:30 p.m.
Today the F/V Privateer remains aground, still
intact although the hull is damaged and breached. It
is estimated that 2,500 gallons of diesel, 500
gallons of lube/motor oil and 6 55-gallon drums (including waste
oil) were on board. One drum has been recovered so
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
There is no estimate for the volume of oil that may
have been spilled.
The vessel owner has hired a spill response
contractor/salvage company, Global Diving and
The immediate plan is to wait for low tide
this afternoon and, if safe, attempt to secure pump
fuel tanks to prevent further loss of oil. Because
it is not safe to approach the vessel from offshore,
the longer range-plan is to attempt to pull the
vessel from shore side up onto the beach.
The Ocean Shores police and fire departments, and
State Parks, are assisting responders with resources
for staging equipment and crowd management.
April 15, 2016 10:20 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued three persons
from the F/V PRIVATEER this afternoon in Grays
Harbor. The vessel has sunk and is in breakers on
the outer beach at Ocean Shores, just north of north
The vessel is reportedly 75 ft in length with a
fuel capacity of 5,500 gals. The amount of fuel
(presumably diesel) has not yet been determined.
The vessel owner is meeting with the USCG to make
arrangements for response and possible salvage. The
Grays Harbor Fire Dept. is monitoring for debris and
fuel discharge (none reported at this time).
Ecology responders will be on scene Saturday morning
to participate in the response.