The sunken 167-foot Helena Star has been raised, patched, and towed to
Seattle, where it is being scrapped and recycled, announced the Washington State
Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ecology.
The coordinated response team was made up of the two state agencies, US Coast
Guard, Tacoma Fire Department, and Global Diving and Salvage, Inc.
“The sinking of the Helena Star shines a light on the continuing problem of
derelict and abandoned vessels in Washington State,” said David Palazzi,
assistant manager of the Aquatic Lands Division. “We commend the federal, state,
local public and private partners that successfully brought an end to this
unfortunate and environmentally destructive incident, and we will continue to
work with partners to deal with vessels before they pollute and risk human
health and navigational safety.”
Escorted by the 62-foot landing craft Prudhoe Bay, the tug Red Bluff towed the
derelict Helena Star out of the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, up Puget Sound,
through the Ballard Locks and into Lake Union to the Stabbert Yacht and Ship
drydock for scrapping. Throughout the journey, a four-person crew remained
onboard the Helena Star to monitor for water leaks and to assist with mooring
lines. The dollars recovered by Stabbert for the scrap steel—though not nearly
enough to pay for the anticipated $2 million salvage and cleanup process—will go
back to the state
Derelict Vessel Removal Program, managed by DNR.
“Derelict vessels continue to be an issue in our state and pose a serious threat
to public safety and the health of marine and fresh water,” said Dale Jensen,
Program manager. “Along with the financial burden associated with owning
older, failing vessels, major potential environmental hazards also exist.”
A special, one-time legislative appropriation to DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal
Program paid to raise, patch, tow, dismantle, recycle, and dispose of the
vessel. Ecology helped DNR plan for and manage the overall project, coordinate
with stakeholders, and represent the interests of environmental and natural
resource agencies. The Coast Guard funded the response to oil pollution during
the vessel-raising operation.
“The Coast Guard regularly works with local, state and federal partners to
protect our shared maritime environment,” said Capt. Joe Raymond, Coast Guard
Captain of Port Puget Sound. “We must leverage all of our available resources to
prevent the pollution of Pacific Northwest waterways, which are invaluable to
millions of people in our region and beyond.”
The Office of the State Attorney General is
of the Helena Star’s owner for the costs associated with the response,
salvage and scrapping of the vessel.
“It creates a serious public health risk and environmental damage when owners
abandon vessels containing hazardous waste in Washington State waters,” said
Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “If you break our state laws and pollute our
environment, we will
hold you accountable.”
Because the public is on the hook for this and other large vessel cleanups and
removals where the owner does not pay the expense, the 2014 Legislature revised
state law to increase boat-owner responsibility for their vessels and prevent
large, old vessels from being passed to people who cannot afford to address
their needs. The legislation—which took effect this summer—also offers many
small-vessel owners an option to turn over their boats to the state for disposal
before they sink and pollute the waters.
Background on the derelict Helena Star
This 167-foot ship sank near the southern end of the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma
in January 2013. A second vessel was also threatened. The 130-foot Golden West
was tied to the Helena Star when it sank. State and federal agencies directed
out-of-state owners and an in-state operator to take responsibility for both
vessels. Those directions were ignored, so DNR took custody of both vessels in
August 2013. Costs for dealing with both vessels by state and federal agencies
are expected to exceed $2 million. Contractor crews tried to raise the freighter
in December, but couldn’t lift the hull with a single crane without causing
further damage. Plans were drawn for another try, and on Tuesday, July 22, a new
contractor, Global Diving and Salvage, engaged two floating cranes to raise the
vessel and pump the water from it.
Measures were taken to keep impacts to the environment and properties to a
minimum, the most important of which was to wait until July to carry out
in-water operations. This was timed to minimize impacts to fish and wildlife
habitat in the waterway. Other measures included surrounding the sunken vessel
and large cranes with two lines of floating boom to contain oil that have been
discharged, and additional spill response equipment for rapid deployment if
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10 AM
Yesterday afternoon the F/V HELENA STAR was successfully raised from
the Hylebos Waterway and is now dewatered, patched and floating on its own.
Global Diving and Salvage Inc. will continue to assess the vessel and get an
approved tow plan to move the ship to Stabbert Marine & Yacht in Seattle in the
coming days. It will be dismantled and disposed of at that facility.
No significant environmental issues observed. An expected sheen produced as the
vessel came up but it was confined to the primary containment. No sheen was
observed outside of the second line of boom and no significant sediment plumes
were observed during the lift.
This was a state-led project with primary funding from WDNR and support for
pollution response from USCG. It was managed under Unified Command of WDNR,
Ecology, USCG and City of Tacoma.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1 PM
A coordinated effort is under way to remove the Helena Star this week. The
operation is being conducted by a joint team involving: Washington Department of
Natural Resources (DNR), the US Coast Guard (Coast Guard), Washington Department
of Ecology (Ecology), Tacoma Fire Department, and Global Diving and Salvage,
The operations are complicated so the schedule remains fluid. No safety zone
will be established, though the Coast Guard will issue notification to nearby
Follow the progress on Twitter using #hstar13.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9 AM
February 19, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a
request for proposals (RFP) for the removal of the Helena Star. The deadline for
contractors to submit applications is 1 p.m., March 13. The contract runs April
15 – August 31. The scope of work includes removing the Helena Star and towing
it to Stabbert Yacht and Ship Shipyard (SYS) in Seattle. The winning bid will be
announced in late March.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3 PM
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office filed
in connection with the Helena Star’s January 2013 sinking and oil spill.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 3 PM
The Helena Star Unified Command members decided today to postpone operations
to raise and remove the sunken vessel until mid-July 2014.
In addition, lead responsibility for future planning, including raising the
vessel, is transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the DNR Derelict Vessel Removal Program. DNR also
will be lead agency for towing and recycling/disposal of the Helena Star.
The Coast Guard, along with Ecology and the Tacoma Fire Department, remain
involved to manage and respond to threats of oil pollution.
DNR is expected to publish a request for proposals for removing the vessel by
late January or early February.
Operations were postponed in light of the impending closure of the "fish
window," during which in-water work cannot be performed because they may harm
migrating salmon, and due to the time frame required for DNR to request
contractor bids, select a successful bidder, and apply for and obtain
environmental permits. The "fish window" re-opens and restrictions on in-water
work are lifted July 15, 2014.
On Dec 5, 2012, Unified Command attempted to raise the vessel. Once the vessel
was righted and the lift started, it behaved as if there were serious structural
problems. The Unified Command determined that it was safest to set the vessel
back on the bottom and get additional assessment of its condition before moving
forward. Funding for this phase of the operation came from federal Oil Spill
Liability Trust Fund.
Friday, December 13, 2013 1:00 PM
Washington Department of Natural Resources contractor Global Diving & Salvage
is conducting a thorough assessment of the deteriorated condition of the Helena
Star. Based on this information and on information gained during the attempted
lift, DNR will develop the next steps for removal of the vessel in coordination
with Unified Command. The assessment, and video obtained, will provide
information for the bidding process that DNR will initiate for removing the
Divers from U.S. Coast Guard contractor Ballard Marine Services, tasked with
mopping up any free floating oil inside the vessel, completed their work before
the assessment began. They found very little oil.
The Helena Star rests on the bottom of the Hylebos in stable condition.
Oil containment boom remains around the vessel as a precaution. Ecology
and the Coast Guard are continuing to monitor the situation on a regular basis.
Friday, December 6, 2013 3:00 PM
Responders will continue to assess the Helena Star and options for cleaning
the vessel and removing it from the waterway in coming days.
Crews also continue to monitor the vessel and precautions such as oil
containment boom remain in place.
Depending on the option chosen, it could take weeks or even months before the
deteriorated vessel can be removed.
Friday, December 6, 2013 10:15 AM
Crews working to lift the sunken Helena Star have determined the vessel
is in such poor condition a threat exists that the vessel will break
apart if raised as planned.
Crews lifted the vessel for a first look on Thursday, pulling the ship from its
side onto its keel, and then set the vessel back down. This allowed divers to
take a closer look at the vessel, including the port (left) side, which had been
resting on the bottom.
A release of a few gallons of oil occurred when the vessel was moved. The
oil remained within the oil containment boom surrounding the vessel, however, a
few patches of sheen were observed outside the boom. Additional response
equipment was deployed to recover oil inside the boom. Crews also deployed
another layer of oil containment boom. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard, state
departments of Natural Resources and Ecology, Tacoma Fire Department and Ballard
Marine Services are working to assess the safest options for cleaning the vessel
and removing it from the Hylebos based on information provided by dive teams.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:00 PM
The Helena Star was raised for a first look, and set back on the bottom
pending further assessment. There was a small amount of sheen when the vessel
was moved. Oil containment boom remains in place to contain any releases. Crews
will continue to assess options for next steps, including the safest way to
remove the vessel, tomorrow.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 11 AM
The DB General, a 700-ton crane barge, arrived on the Hylebos Waterway early this morning to prepare for lifting the 167-foot derelict vessel Helena Star.
A multi-agency unified command is coordinating the recovery effort: the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Tacoma Fire Department, and Ballard Marine Construction. The Coast Guard will oversee the raising of the vessel today and will begin assessing and then removing any pollution threats.
Once there is no longer a threat of an oil spill or hazardous materials release, the vessel becomes the responsibility of DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program. DNR will arrange for the vessel to be towed to a dry dock in Seattle where it will be hauled out, dismantled, recycled and disposed of.
More details are available in this
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Operations to prepare the Helena Star for lifting will cease throughout the
holiday weekend and begin again in early December.
Divers have successfully installed a lifting pipe through the bow of the Helena
Star. The divers cut holes in the bow before placing the pipe through it.
One of the next steps will be threading a large chain through the pipe (see
illustration to the right). The boat
will be lifted in December using the 700-ton floating crane-barge named the D.B.
Using a lifting pipe minimizes sediment disturbances because lifting straps
don’t need to be placed underneath the boat.
A “silt curtain” also will be used throughout the operation to control sediment
in the water, or turbidity. Turbidity can affect light penetration and harm
aquatic habitat and fish.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Operations continue to prepare the Helena Star for raising and removal. The time frame for raising the vessel depends on many factors that will be assessed in coming days, but the lifting of the vessel may occur in early December.
FAQ of the day: How is the operation to remove the Helena Star being paid for?
Funding comes from two main sources:
The federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund will be used to pay to raise the vessel and remove any pollution threat. Many factors are still being assessed, including the condition of the vessel, so it's too soon to say how much this portion of the operation will cost.
A special, one-time legislative appropriation to the Derelict Vessel Removal Program will help fund the towing, dismantling, recycling and disposal of the vessel. It's too early to give a cost estimate for this part of the operation because there are so many unknowns - for example the condition of the vessel will be a factor in determining how much it will take to tow it safely. However, it is safe to say costs will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The 2013 legislative appropriation of $4.5 million is for the disposal of the Helena Star, Golden West, and other larger derelict and abandoned vessels in the state.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:00 AM
Work begins today to prepare the 167-foot Helena Star for removal from the
Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay. The process to raise the vessel
is expected to take several days, and the process to remove it and properly
dispose of it is likely to take several weeks. A multi-agency unified command is
coordinating the effort. The command includes the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington
Department of Ecology (Ecology), Washington State Department of Natural
Resources (DNR), Tacoma Fire Department, and Ballard Marine Construction.
Funding for the Helena Star removal effort comes from two main sources:
The federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund covers the cost
to raise the vessel and remove any pollution threat.
A special, one-time legislative appropriation to the
Derelict Vessel Removal Program will help fund the towing,
dismantling, recycling, and disposal of the vessel.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today
that Stabbert Maritime will remove the 130-foot derelict vessel Golden West from
the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma on Saturday, October 19. The contractors will tow
the former fishing vessel to their yard just inside the Ballard Locks in Seattle
for dismantling. disposal and recycling. The removal of the Golden West clears
the way for the removal of the 167-foot Helena Star, which sank Jan. 25 in the
Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma. The Helena Star will be scheduled for removal in the
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Removal of Helena Star and Golden West: The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officially took custody of the sunken
Helena Star and the Golden West on Aug. 16. This became possible after
additional funds were approved for DNR to address derelict vessels in the budget
passed by the Washington State Legislature and signed by Governor Inslee in
June. Both the Helena Star and the Golden West have been on DNR’s vessel watch
list for several years, but funding was not previously available for their
DNR began the 30-day process to obtain custody in July, at the request of the
City of Tacoma. DNR’s
Vessel Removal Program determined that the two vessels posed a significant
enough risk for pollution and sinking that action needed to be taken. DNR’s
authority to obtain custody is through statute (Revised
Code of Washington 79.100.030).
DNR is now working to prepare bid packets for the removal of the vessels. Actions will be taken to raise, remove and scrap the sunken Helena Star from
the Hylebos Waterway. The Golden West will be towed to a shipyard in Puget
Sound for eventual scrapping.
The U.S. Coast Guard will play a major role in addressing the Helena Star
because the vessel continues to discharge minimal amounts of oil daily. There is
a threat of oil being released while raising the vessel. The Coast Guard will
fund the raising and removal of all oil products from cleaning and lifting
of the 600-ton vessel. After that, DNR will take over the project and pay for
the remaining steps with state-approved funds.
Next Steps:DNR, Ecology, and the Coast Guard will form a Unified Command to
jointly oversee the project to remove the vessels from the Hylebos
Waterway. Contractors hired by the Coast Guard and DNR will conduct necessary
spill prevention and response, dive operations, lifting operations by crane,
cleaning, and deconstruction/demolition operations. General concerns that will
be addressed through all actions will include:
Ensure safety of response personnel and the public.
Control, contain, and clean up spilled materials.
Stage equipment and resources nearby for rapid deployment, if
Protect environmentally sensitive areas, which includes planning for and taking steps necessary to
protect water, fish, wildlife, sediments and air quality.
Ensure resources are used effectively and efficiently by managing the response in a coordinated manner.
Provide timely and accurate updates to the public and potentially impacted parties in and around the
waterfront on the Hylebos Waterway.
Updated spill volume from Helena Star: Based on the initial release of oil from
the Helena Star when it sank on Jan 25, plus at least 38 additional days of oil releases observed by Ecology and Coast
Guard spill responders, the estimated total volume of oil released to the Hylebos Waterway is 290 to 890 gallons of oil. The mid-point of this range
is 590 gallons. Response contractors hired by the Coast Guard report they
recovered about 50 gallons of oil from the waterway in late January.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:22 PM
Approximately 10,500 gallons of recyclable oil was pumped off of the Golden
West, by contractor Global Diving and Salvage (GDS), under the supervision of
Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard on July 1 and 2. The oil was pumped to vacuum
trucks onshore. About 1,000 gallons of oily water also was pumped from the
vessel’s bilge. Ecology and the Coast Guard believe this significantly reduces
the pollution threat from the Golden West. However, 100 percent of the oil
cannot be removed while the vessel is still in the water. Thorough cleaning to
remove small amounts of residual oil in spaces such as machinery would require
extensive efforts to clean the vessel either with detergent, steam or pressure
washing, which would pose a pollution threat if done over water.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:40 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard, Ecology, and a response contractor found approximately
10,000 gallons of oil in the tanks of the Golden West after they boarded it to
assess its hazards. The Helena Star and Golden West were tangled together at the
Hylebos Waterway’s Mason Marine docks when the Helena Star sank on Jan. 25,
2013. Responders secured the Golden West with several lines to keep it afloat.
Heavy metals in paint on both ships’ decks and hulls also may pose threats to
the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay under some circumstances,
according to laboratory analyses of paint and other material samples gathered
when the agencies conducted an assessment in May.
The Coast Guard ordered the Golden West’s owner to remove the 10,000 gallons
of oil by June 28. If the owner fails to do so, the Coast Guard will remove the
oil during the first week of July. The Coast Guard may bill the owners for the
costs for removing and disposing of the oil.
Meanwhile, the owners of the Helena Star have not responded to an
emergency enforcement order issued by Ecology in April requiring that the
vessel be removed. Responders are still reporting periodic sheen around the
167-foot steel hull vessel due to releases of residual oil from the Helena Star.
It is unknown whether adequate funding from state and federal sources will be
available to take over removal of these derelict vessels if owners don’t comply
with the enforcement order. Funding sources employed by the Coast Guard and
Ecology Spill Response are not available for salvage operations -- they are
limited to addressing oil spills and cleaning up the environment. Ecology and
the Coast Guard are actively coordinating with other state and federal agencies
to seek funding for potential salvage operations.
Both vessels are in deteriorating condition and remain surrounded with oil
containment boom. Ecology and the Coast Guard are continuing to monitor the
situation to control threats to the environment. The Coast Guard also has staged
oil recovery and containment equipment in Tacoma so that it may be rapidly
deployed if needed.
In March 2012, about 20,000 gallons of oil and oily water as well as other
hazardous substances were removed from the vessels by the Coast Guard to limit
Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:46 PM
Ecology invites the public to comment on the Emergency Enforcement Order for
the Helena Star and the Golden West. The Enforcement Order was issued on April
The order requires the Potentially Responsible Persons to:
Submit to Ecology a workplan to raise and remove the Helena Star from
Safely move the Golden West out of the way.
Provide proof that they have completed the work.
If the PLPs do not file or carry out an acceptable work plan, Ecology can
hire contractors to do the work and charge the PLPs.
The public comment period will be held from April 11 through May 13, 2013.
For technical questions and to submit comments, contact project coordinator, Jim
Sachet, (360) 407-6328, or
Ecology will respond to comments after the comment period. The work may be done
concurrently with the comment period. Ecology may also change the Enforcement
Order after the comment period.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has issued an emergency enforcement order (order) requiring those responsible for the Helena Star to remove the vessel from Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay. The 167-foot steel hull vessel is spilling oil and posing a risk of releasing other contamination into the waterway.
Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and Ballard Diving and Salvage
continue to monitor the derelict vessels Helena Star and Golden West moored at
Mason Marine near Tacoma in the Hylebos Waterway. This week Ballard Diving is
working to pick up woody debris that may interfere with oil containment boom
placed around the vessels to prevent possible pollution from any residual fuel
remaining in the vessels. The contractor also is changing out sorbents that soak
up any oil releases and resetting the yellow boom used to contain any oil
releases. Responders are still reporting sheen around the boats due to small
discharges of oil. Most of the fuel was removed from the vessels in March 2012
to limit the potential for pollution.
Two new lines are tied to the Golden West, which remains
afloat, to secure it. The Helena Star began sinking Jan. 25. The Golden West,
which was tied to the Helena Star, was dragged over to an extreme angle but has
Responders continue to monitor the vessels on a daily basis.
Monday, January 28, 2013 4:30 pm
Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and Ballard
Diving and Salvage continued working over the weekend to contain a small but
continuous amount of oil released to the Hylebos Waterway after two derelict
vessels moored at Mason Marine near Tacoma began sinking on Friday. Double
containment boom remains around the vessels to capture releases of oil. Ecology,
Coast Guard, and Department of Natural Resources are exploring options for next
Friday, January 25, 2013 3:50 pm
Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard are working with Ballard
Diving and Salvage to contain a small amount of oil released to the Hylebos
Waterway after two vessels moored at Mason Marine; near Tacoma began
sinking early Friday.
The derelict vessels Helena Star and
Golden West were tied together when the Helena Star began sinking and pulling
the other vessel down with it. The Tacoma Fire Department placed oil containment
boom around both vessels to prevent possible pollution from any residual fuel
remaining inside the vessels.
In March 2012, about 20,000 gallons of
oil and oily water as well as other hazardous substances were removed from the
vessels, limiting the potential for pollution to the waterway.
Ballard Diving and Salvage, an
environmental cleanup contractor, is placing secondary boom around the vessels
and working to clean up some pockets of diesel fuel in the waterway. Most of the
cleanup is expected to be completed today, with continued monitoring by Ecology
and the Coast Guard over the next couple of days. There are no plans to untie
the vessels or raise them at this time.
The vessels have been moored at the
marina for about two years. The suspected owner of the vessels, Mason Marine,
filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and was not at the scene. According to the
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the two vessels are
among an estimated 230 known derelict or abandoned vessels in Washington state.
The state is also investigating a report
of four or five birds that may have gotten into oil. More information will be
provided as soon as it becomes available.
Friday, January 25, 2013 11:50 am
Multiple agencies responding to sinking of vessels in Hylebos Waterway
The Tacoma Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Washington
Department of Ecology are responding to the sinking of two vessels moored at
Mason Marina on the Hylebos Waterway near Tacoma early Friday.
The abandoned fishing vessels, Helena Star and Golden West,
were chained together when they sank Friday morning. Oil containment boom has
been placed around both vessels to prevent possible pollution from any residual
fuel that may remain inside.
Most of the fuel was removed from the vessels last March,
limiting the potential for pollution to the waterway from these vessels.
is investigating a report of 4 or 5 birds that may have gotten into oil.
More information will be provided as soon as it becomes
July 25, 2014:
End of response operations. However, WDNR will
continue to monitor Stabbert operations. State
and federal agency investigation of sinking and
oil spill continuing.
July 24, 2014:
Tug REDBLUFF tows vessel to Seattle. HELENA STAR
delivered to Stabbert Marine and Yacht for
dismantling, recycling, and disposal.
July 21-23, 2014:
Global completes rigging of the vessel. Two
large crane barges, DB GENERAL and DB LOS
ANGELES are used to carefully lift the sunken
vessel. Pumps used to dewater the vessel. Divers
patch and plug openings. Vessel floats freely on
its own. Global receives USCG approval of plan
to tow the vessel from Tacoma to Seattle.
July 18, 2014:
Ecology conducts sediment sampling at the site
to document types and extent of contamination at
shallow depths on the bottom.
July 16, 2014:
Global moves dive boat to Tacoma and begins
rigging vessel for lift.
Planning, review of proposed methods for raising
vessel, pollution response, and preparation
efforts are strategized.
March 25, 2014:
Global Salvage & Diving, Seattle, is
selector as WDNR contractor.
March 10, 2014:
WDNR issues requests for proposals to raise,
remove, and tow the vessel to a shipyard in
Seattle permitted for vessel demolition.
January 15, 2014:
WA Attorney General's Office files criminal
charges in connection with the HELENA STAR
sinking and oil spill in January 2013.
January 6, 2014:
Second attempt to lift the Helena Star postponed
until in-water-work restrictions to protect fish
and aquatic habitats are lifted in July 2014.
WDNR will assume lead responsibilities for
During vessel lifting operations concerns about
the condition of the vessel resulted in a
decision to set it back down on the bottom. A
dive survey of the vessel was done by a WDNR
contractor. The vessel was found to have
sufficient structural integrity and stability to
Operations to raise the 167-foot HELENA STAR begin. Funded by USCG and WDNR.
October 2013: A contractor hired by DNR
removes the 130-foot derelict vessel GOLDEN WEST from the Hylebos Waterway in
August 2013: DNR takes custody of the
sunken Helena Star and the nearby Golden West, completing a 30-day process.
July 2013: Approximately 10,500 gallons
of recyclable oil is pumped off of the GOLDEN WEST by contractor Global Diving &
Salvage under Ecology and Coast Guard supervision. The removal is paid for by
the vessel owner.
June 30, 2013:
The Washington Legislature passes the state
budget bill, which is signed by Gov. Inslee. The
bill includes one-time funds for DNR to remove
additional vessels under the Derelict Vessel
Removal Program. This includes funds for
the GOLDEN WEST and HELENA STAR.
June 26, 2013:
Ecology, the Coast Guard and a response
contractor board the GOLDEN WEST and find about
10,000 gallons of oil in its tanks. The Coast
Guard subsequently orders the vessel’s owner to
remove the oil.
June 03, 2013:
The Coast Guard issues a letter to the owners of
the GOLDEN WEST requiring them to remove a
significant volume of oil from tanks in the
Ecology, the Coast Guard and a response
contractor board the GOLDEN WEST and find about
10,000 gallons of oil in its tanks.
April 9, 2013:
No response is received from owners of the
HELENA STAR in regard to Ecology’s
April 1, 2013: Ecology issues an
administrative order to the owners of the HELENA STAR to develop and submit a
plan for removal of the vessel from the Hylebos Waterway by April 8, 2013.
Two new lines are added to secure the Golden
West to the shore.
January 2013: Ecology, the Coast Guard,
Tacoma Fire and Ballard Marine Services mount the initial response to contain
oil released into the Hylebos Waterway after the HELENA STAR begins sinking,
pulling the GOLDEN WEST over to an extreme
angle. Monitoring and measures to contain
spills, including use of oil-containment boom,
have been ongoing since the initial response.
March 2012: About 20,000 gallons of oil and
oily water as well as other hazardous substances are removed from the vessels by
the Coast Guard.