No Fuel Leak Reported from Savannah Ray Grounding


Jay Barrett/KMXT

No fuel or oil seems to be leaking from the grounded fishing vessel Savannah Ray, which fetched up on the outside of Long Island early Monday morning, but its pot gear has been washed off the deck. 

In its first situation report, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reported that the 81-foot Savannah Ray was carrying about 3,000 gallons of diesel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil and 75 gallons of lube oil.

The Savannah Ray was returning to Kodiak with 25,000 pounds of cod when it grounded on the island just off shore of Kodiak City. Four crewmen were were hoisted from the vessel by an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Two were treated for unspecified minor injuries.

Weather Monday and Tuesday prevented any salvage or recovery of the vessel or its gear. Winds were over 20 knots and seas were six to 10 feet Tuesday. Conditions today are expected to be more favorable, with light and variable winds and seas three feet.

Plans for pollution mitigation and for hull and wreck removal are currently being developed by Mystic Blue LLC, owner of the Savannah Ray. 

A spill response contractor was scheduled to arrive in Kodiak last night to respond to any pollution from the vessel and will be on standby until the fuel and oil on-board can be safely lightered.

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