Coast Guard and Ecology continue clean up

The US Coast Guard and Ecology are continuing to respond, for the fourth day, to the Privateer, which is aground on the outer beach at Ocean Shores, just north of the north jetty.

The vessel owner has hired a spill response contractor/salvage company, Global Diving and Salvage and they are on-scene.

It is estimated that 2500 gallons of diesel, 500 gallons of lube oil and 6 drums (including waste oil) were on board.

One drum has been recovered so far. The cause of the incident is under investigation.  There is no estimate for the volume of oil that may have been spilled.

There does not appear to be any significant release of oil into the water.  There have been periodic reports of light diesel odors in the area north of the vessels location.

Since Saturday, choppy seas and large surf have made it unsafe for contractors to access the vessel to secure the fuel tanks and salvage the vessel.

The plan is to wait for improved sea conditions and low tide to access the vessel.   Swells are projected to remain around 7 feet today so the surf will likely remain heavy and dangerous.  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, continue to assist responders with resources for staging equipment and crowd management.

The local oil spills plans (geographic response plans, Northwest Area Plan) are being implemented.  The beaches and near shore waters continue to be monitored for spilled oil and debris from the vessel.  Beach cleanup by the contractor (for debris only) is scheduled and will continue as needed.

Public presence in the area is expected to increase due to a Razor Clam openings on Saturday Apr 23, 2016.

As with any oil spill the public can face health risks if they come into contact with oil on shorelines, beaches, or other contaminated waterways.  People are encouraged to avoid areas where they see or smell oil.  If the public notices any oil they should be advised to 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.
  • Contact 911 if you spot oil on the beach in this area.  Give a specific location.


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