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17th District Alaska Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

June 09, 2012


U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst

Email: grant.c.devuyst@uscg.mil

Office: (907) 463-2065

Mobile: (907) 321-1866

Multimedia Release: Update: Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water, fuel spill

Editors Note: Click on the below images to download high resolution video and photos.

KODIAK, Alaska - Response workers from Alaska Chadux and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak work to assess damage to the Army vessel Monterrey grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak June 9, 2012. The 174-foot landing craft has 15 crew currently aboard and was beached to prevent sinking following damage to the vessel Friday night. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

KODIAK, Alaska - Response workers from Alaska Chadux and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak work to assess damage to the Army vessel Monterrey grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak June 9, 2012. A boom was placed around the vessel to help contain diesel until the arrival of a contracted skimmer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.    KODIAK, Alaska - Response workers from Alaska Chadux and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak work to assess damage to the Army vessel Monterrey grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak June 9, 2012. The Monterrey, a 174-foot landing craft, sustained damage while transiting Womens Bay June 8, began taking on water and intentionally grounded on the island to prevent the vessel from sinking. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.    KODIAK, Alaska - Response workers from Alaska Chadux and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak work to assess damage to the Army vessel Monterrey grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak June 9, 2012. The crew of the Monterrey grounded the vessel after it reportedly struck a submerged rock, which led to significant hull damage. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard personnel are coordinating with the Army Reserve, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Chadux Corporation and other stakeholders in response to the diesel fuel spill that occurred Friday night as a result of damage to the Army vessel Monterrey in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel estimate the amount of fuel in the water from two reportedly breached fuel compartments at 15,291 gallons.

Two booms have been put in place around the beached 174-foot landing craft, and a third boom is being placed at the mouth of the Buskin River, an environmentally sensitive area. Response teams are exploring the possibility of skimming vessels to clear surface fuel.

"Now that the crew of the Army vessel is safe, our number one priority is to limit the impact of the leaked fuel," said Lt. Matthew Zinn, supervisor of MSD Kodiak. "Environmental stewardship is a statutory mission for the Coast Guard, and protecting the pristine Alaskan coast is very important to us."

For more information contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866.

For more information regarding the Army Reserve please contact Maj. Annmarie Daneker at 910-495-5442 or at Annmarie.Daneker@us.army.mil.

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