Unified Command concludes response operations after tug sinks off Oahu

January 25, 2015


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HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Department of Health and responsible party Unified Command is transitioning from response operations to an ongoing monitoring and response readiness posture Sunday, after the Nalani, a 95-foot towing vessel with 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel sank off Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday in 2,200 feet of water.

Shoreline and near-shore assessments indicate no sheening or smell of diesel.

At the location of the sinking there was a very light sheen coming to the surface and also drifting south that is not recoverable and was dispersing quickly. Resources are ready to respond and attempt to recover product from the water in the event a recoverable amount appears. 

No oiled wildlife has been reported.

With this transition, the Joint Information Center will close Sunday. Media and public calls should be directed to the appropriate state or federal agencies.

For response related updates and information visit the following websites:

Fourteenth Coast Guard District Hawaii Pacific Newsroom: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2156570/District-14U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USCG.Hawaii.PacificHawaii Department of Health: www.health.hawaii.govHawaii Department of Health Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDOHNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hawaii: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/For response related updates and information, contact the appropriate state and federal agencies:Coast Guard Sector Honolulu: (808) 842-2657Department of Health: (808) 586-4400National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Mammal Hotline: (888) 256-9840