Incident
Seaforth Channel Incident

Incident Start Date
October 13, 2016 01:13

Current Date/Time
November 15, 2016 09:00

Next Situation Report
November 15, 2016 -17:00 hours

Location
Seaforth Channel, approximately 11nm west of Bella Bella

Situation
The tug Nathan E. Stewart and Barge DBL 55 ran hard aground on the rocks at 10/13/16 (01:13 PDT). The unit was located in Canadian Waters at 52.14.46N, 128.23.16W at the entrance to Seaforth Channel. The tug remains aground on Athlone Island approximately 15.5 nm from Bella Bella by water.
**Volume estimates were updated as follows (on 13 Nov 2016):
The tug was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel fuel. 24,670 litres of diesel fuel was transferred from the tug into the tank 3 port cargo tank on the barge before the pumps failed due to water in the engine room. As of 11 Nov 2016, after water separation 94,624 liters of diesel/oil mixture was verified to have been pumped off of the tug. Protective booming of the tug will remain in place throughout the salvage operation. Initial calculations based on volumes recovered have been revised and are 107,552 litres (up from 101,104 litres) of diesel and 2,240 litres (down from 3,668 litres) of lubricants (lube oil, hydraulic oil, gear oil, and spent lube) released to the environment. These numbers are considered final calculations.
As of 1609, Nathan E. Stewart was pulled from the water and secured to the DB GENERAL salvage barge. At 1735, November 14, the Nathan E Stewart was secured on barge and moved to Norman Morrison Bay. 

Priorities/Objectives
• Ensure the safety of public and response personnel
• Provide proper PPE to all Personnel
• Secure the vessel and refloat/remove from the marine environment
• Control the source
• Containment & collection during repositioning & lifting operation
• Maximize protection of environmentally-sensitive areas, prioritizing of sample collection
• Contain, Recover and Dispose of Spilled Material
• Remove oil from impacted areas
• Recover and rehabilitate impacted wildlife
• Manage coordinated response effort
• Keep the public & stakeholders informed of response activities
• Clear and consistent communication to the community
• Minimize economic impacts from the spill to the Heiltsuk community and the environment
• Minimize local business interruption
• Maintain focus on mitigating and assessing environmental damage
• After removal of the Nathan E Stewart, assess damage to the habitat and develop a restoration plan pursuant to SARA Certificate

Unified Command
Jess Housty (Heiltsuk Nation Incident Commander)
Jeff Brady (Federal Incident Commander)
Graham Knox(Provincial Incident Commander)
Matt Lewis (Kirby Incident Commander)

Reports

SAFETY
• When approaching other vessels please communicate intension and take care when doing vessel to vessel transfers.
• Safety inspections are being conducted for all vessels on the response
• Safety protocols remain in place – as stated on previous situation reports.
• All responders not receiving operational text message updates are to ensure their contact information is updated with the ICP.
• All incidents must be reported immediately by supervisors and without delay so an adequate safety investigation can be completed.

FISHERIES CLOSURE
• The fisheries closure for bivalve shellfish fisheries in the Seaforth Channel and Gale Passage remains in place.
• For more information contact: Elysha Gordon 250-756-7192

INCIDENT COMMAND POST
• The ICP continues to operate out of the Heiltsuk Nation Tribal Council chambers.

STAGING AREA
• Staging is available at the Bella Bella fuel dock and at Shearwater.
• On-water staging of equipment has been on barges around the response site

RESPONSE

On Scene Safety

• All vessels approved by UC are operational.
• CCGS Bella Bella 1, Cape St. James and providing field transport of personnel between Bella Bella and the Nathan E Stewart site as needed.
• NOTAM extended to November 15th.
• Gordon Reid (24 hours) to provide traffic and safety control of all vessel operations at Norman Morrison.
• 200 meter safety exclusion zone around MLT 4000-2 at Normon Morrison
• 200 meter safety exclusion zone as well as secondary 0.5 nm secondary outer exclusion zone around Nathan E Stewart site will be enforced for safety.
• BARTLETT at NES casualty site for enforcement of exclusion zones, safety, and support.
• ICP receiving hourly field updates during all operations.
• CCGS Bartlett providing on-scene coordination to support all vessels in the field (24 hours).
• Agencies bringing a new craft or vessel on-scene must notify the Safety Enforcement Group Supervisor.

Salvage Ops
• Barge LMT 4000-2 will be prepped for departure Thursday or Friday
• Barge CENTRAL COASTER and CEFER Raider at casualty site for additional vessel debris recovery
• DB General in position at casualty site; 1524 lifting underway. 1609 tug at surface of water, preparing to be moved to receiving barge.

Spill Response Ops – (*In the case of a spill the drone pilot will deploy a drone in the air with IR cameras to track the spill location for recovery*)
• All vessels approved by UC are operational.
• Over flights are being conducted this morning to see if there is any further sheen from casualty
• EAGLE BAY conducting air monitoring at Norman Morison at the MLT 4000-2.
• Some boom to be removed by casualty site. Deflection boom at Gale Creek to remain. Further boom removal will be dictated by presence of sheen on surface.
• Current Buster deployed West of Nathan E. Stewart site, in tow by the INGENIKA and PENDER BREEZE.
• GM PENMAN has skimming equipment deployed and is monitoring area West of Nathan E. Stewart.
• STRATEGIC #2, STRATEGIC OUTLAW, and JET BOAT 2 on standby at mouth of Gale Creek with on-water recovery resources on board.

Air Operations
• One helo to Vancouver for cargo pickup
• Observation flight at 0900,and 1000 accountability flight at 1600.
• Additional overflights available as needed.
• Dash 7 flights scheduled for 1010 and 1530.

Demobilization
• Creating priority vessel list for demob & decontamination.
• Vessel Decontamination Plan is in place and decontamination of some assets will start tomorrow.

ENVIRONMENTAL UNIT (EU)

SAMPLING
• Team 1 – Casualty, Cape Swain, Athlone, and Dufferin (2 sites), Dearth, Odin, Raymond, Matilda, and Bachelor.
• Team 2 -Ivory Island (N and S), East and West Tuno, Powell, Spiller (SPI, SP, SPY, SPG) and Berry
• No dive activities will occur and only water samples will be collected.
• Overall sampling includes tissue, sediment, water, and vegetation sampling.
• FAST, Recon and SCAT teams continue to collect samples as required by reports from the field, weather permitting. Analysis of sampling results will be provided in a separate form following review and analysis of the data.
• Environment Canada (SSC) continues to support contingency planning for salvage operations with trajectory modeling in the event of a release and site specific weather forecasting.

SCAT
• 5 SCAT teams in Gale Creek area and shore incident site.
• All pre-SCAT completed

WILDLIFE
• Wildlife personnel are on the south shore of Sea-Fourth Channel from Idle Point ,west to Cape Swain; Time permits travel to Powell Anchorage.

ARCHAEOLOGY
• Archaeology surveying all sampling index sites today and tomorrow
• Archaeology at casualty site at low tide 1800-1900.

MEDIA/VIP VISITS
• Interview scheduled at 0745 with Daybreak North. UC only
• Cultural briefings are available for all incoming personnel.
• Spill information website has been activated www.spillresponsebc.ca

On scene update from CCGS Bartlett
0800 ON WATER WEATHER REPORT (15 Nov 2016)
M/V Nathan E Stewart Incident, Seaforth Channel
CCGS Bartlett

Position of Bartlett:
0.7’ NW of NES casualty (52° 14.9’ N 128° 23.9’ W)

Weather at Bartlett:
Wind: SExE 8 kts
Seas: 0.5m swell from W, 9 second period
Skies: 8/8 overcast
Barometer: 1005.9 Falling
Visibility: 10 NM
Temp: 6.8°C
Precipitation: None Observed

Environment Canada Marine Forecast – Central Coast from McInnes Island to Pine Island (2130):

Wind southerly 5 to 15 knots backing to southeast 15 to 20 this evening then increasing to southeast 20 to 30 overnight.

OBSERVATIONS
Bartlett monitoring the NES site.

MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT

Issued 9:30 PM PST 14 November 2016

Tonight and Tuesday By 9:30 p.m. PST tonight departing ridge located on a line north-south over BC interior. At 9:30 p.m. PST tonight weakening low 984 mb located over the
western Gulf of Alaska. By 4:00 p.m. PST Tuesday weakening low 996 mb located northwest of Bowie.

WINDS

Issued 04:00 AM PST 15 November 2016

Today Tonight and Wednesday Wind southerly 5 to 15 knots backing to southeast 15 to 20 this evening then increasing to southeast 20 to 30 overnight.

WAVES

Issued 04:00 AM PST 15 November 2016

Today Tonight and WednesdaySeas 2 to 3 metres.

EXTENDED FORECAST

Issued 04:00 AM PST 15 November 2016

Thursday – Wind southeast 10 to 15 knots.
Friday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots increasing to southeast 25 to 35.
Saturday – Wind southeast 25 to 35 knots.

TIDES FOR BELLA BELLA
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