Tug grounding near Sitka spilled 5,300 gallons of diesel


April 20, 2022

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that about 5,300 gallons of diesel spilled from the March 21 grounding of a tugboat in Neva Strait, near Sitka. The agency calculated that about 700 gallons were recovered by surface skimmers after the accident that left the tug Western Mariner stranded on the beach and leaking fuel.

Additional fuel was removed from the water by deployment of absorbent materials, the state said.

Before the tugboat was refloated on March 30, all of the fuel in the undamaged tanks on the vessel was pumped to recovery boats. The Western Mariner was...

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