Coast Guard oversees salvage of tugboat Miss Bonnie

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OREGON INLET, N.C. (WNCT) — The Coast Guard is monitoring the salvage of a semi-submerged tugboat responsible for a discharge of diesel fuel in the vicinity of the Old Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet Wednesday.

The tugboat grounded and was overwhelmed with storm surge resulting in the vessel overturning and becoming partially submerged near the Old Bonner Bridge on November 17 at 11:09 a.m.

The sheen resulting from the submersion was monitored and collected by crews contracted by the responsible party.

The Coast Guard has overseen the deployment of 2,500 feet of sorbent boom and 1,600 feet of containment boom around the vessel to prevent any further spillage.

There have been no reports of impacts to wildlife at this time.

The channel remains open to all vessel traffic.

“We’re taking every precaution to ensure that the salvage process is as safe as it can be for all involved,” said Lt. Chris Fisher, Supervisor for Coast Guard Detached Duty Nags Head, N.C. “We’re also dedicated to making sure that any additional discharge of fuel is captured and collected before it can impact the environment.”

Currently, the approved salvage plan calls for the vessel to be dewatered and towed to a harbor of a safe refuge where the responsible party can develop suitability for tow plan before further movement.

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Detached Duty Nags Head, N.C.
  • PCL Construction
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scientific Support Coordinator
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • National Parks Service

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

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OREGON INLET, N.C. (WNCT) — The Coast Guard is responding to a discharge of diesel from a semi-submerged tugboat in the vicinity of the Old Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received the report of a sheen by a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet at approximately 10:00 a.m., which was reported to be leaking from the tugboat, Miss Bonnie.

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The tugboat allided with the Old Bonner Bridge on November 17 at 11:09 a.m.

The maximum potential for the discharge is 6,000 gallons; however, it is estimated 3,000 gallons were onboard.

The responsible party has deployed 200 feet of sorbent boom and 175 feet of containment boom around the vessel.

The responsible party is scheduled to deploy secondary ocean boom tomorrow, as well as to conduct salvage operations once on-scene weather permits.

There have been no reports of impacts on wildlife at this time.

The channel currently remains open to all vessel traffic.

The Coast Guard is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scientific Support Coordinator to identify the most likely trajectory of the discharged diesel to determine necessary mitigation strategies for the preventative impact to environmentally sensitive areas.

“Protecting the marine environment is a top priority for the Coast Guard,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “We are overseeing the responsible party’s actions to mitigate environmental impacts resulting from the discharge and to remove the vessel when it is safe to do so.”

Involved in the response are:

• Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Marine Safety Detachment

• PCL Construction

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scientific Support Coordinator

• North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

• National Parks Service

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

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OREGON INLET, N.C. — The Coast Guard responded when the tugboat Miss Bonnie hit the Old Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet, Sunday afternoon.

The Coast Guard received the report of the allision from a good Samaritan at approximately 11:09 a.m.

“An ‘allision’ is the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary —distinguished from collision

The tugboat is currently semi-submerged, leaning up against the Old Bonner Bridge.

All eight people aboard the tugboat returned to shore safely and reported they had no injuries. No pollution has been reported.

The cause of the case is currently under investigation.

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