Seaforth Channel Incident

Incident Start Date
October 13, 2016 01:13

Current Date/Time
November 14, 2016 17:00

Next Situation Report
November 15, 2016 -09:00 hours

Seaforth Channel, approximately 11nm west of Bella Bella

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.

• 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)


• 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.

• 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

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

• 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


On Scene Safety
• All vessels approved by UC are operational.
• CCGS Bella Bella 1, Cape St. James and Cape Farewell providing field transport of personnel between Bella Bella and the Nathan E Stewart site as needed. Cape Farewell will be SAR depending.
• 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
• DB General in position at casualty site;1524 lifting underway. 1609 tug at surface of water, preparing to be moved to receiving barge.
• Barge LMT 4000-2 on site to be in position for receiving tug NES.
• Tomorrow, Barge CENTRAL COASTER and CEFER Raider to be at casualty site for additional vessel debris recovery.

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.
• Sheen reported south of casualty site this morning, sorbent boom deployed and attached to south Kepler boom. To be recovered tonight.
• South Kepner boom was repositioned for DB General anchor positioning. Remains south and in affect to protect shoreline from any potential releases. Tomorrow all boom to be removed by casualty site. Deflection boom at Gale Creek to remain.
• EAGLE BAY to conduct air monitoring following casualty removal.
• 2000’ of general purpose boom staged on BC#26 in Norman Morrison Cove in preparation for containment around receiving barge MLT-4000-2.
• Current Buster deployed West of Nathan E. Stewart site, in tow by the INGENIKA and PENDER BREEZE.
• 1000’ Kepner Boom in position to the East of Nathan E. Stewart site.
• GM PENMAN has skimming equipment deployed and is monitoring area West of Nathan E. Stewart.
• EAGLE BAY has skimming equipment deployed and is monitoring area East 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.
• All sorbent boom removed from the mouth of Gale Creek yesterday morning.

Air Operations
• Observation flight at 0900, and accountability flight at 1600.
• Flights for tomorrow are scheduled as: overflight 0900; Familiarization 1000; Accountability 1600
• Additional overflights available as needed.
• Dash 7 flights scheduled for 1010 and 1530.

• Creating priority vessel list for demob & decontamination.
• Demobilization Plan is in place.
• Vessel Decontamination Plan is in place and decontamination of some assets will start tomorrow.
• Barge ZB 189 is underway to Vancouver.


• Sampling team 1 surveyed Bullocks & Morehouse Bay, team 2 to surveyed Tate and Yeo. Departure 1430 and return early evening.
• Tomorrow Sampling:
Team 1 – Casualty, Cape Swain, Athlone, and Dufferin (2 sites), Dirth, Odin, Raymond, Matilda, and Bachelor
Team 2 – Ivory Island (N and S), East and West Tuno, Powell, Spiller (SPI, SP, SPY, SPG) and Berry
• 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.

• Five SCAT/sampling teams set to start tomorrow in and around Gale Creek, in accordance with UC approved SCAT.
• All pre-SCAT completed

• Wildlife personnel onsite at the South side of Seaforth Channel and North Gale Creek with close monitoring around casualty site.
• Wildlife observations reported to the Bartlett between 0000 and 1200 are: 6-12 whales spotted heading South and 1 deceased Mink found at Dryad Point

• Archaeology surveyed today Gale Creek, to return tonight at 2100.
• Archaeology to survey areas in and around Gale Creek and casualty site tomorrow.

• Interview scheduled at 0745 with Daybreak North. UC only
• Vessels Lauren Michelle & Pacific Wild 1 on scene for media coverage to remain outside the 0.5nm exclusion zone.
• Cultural briefings are available for all incoming personnel.
• Spill information website has been activated

On scene update from CCGS Bartlett
0600 ON WATER WEATHER REPORT (14 Nov 2016)
M/V Nathan E Stewart Incident, Seaforth Channel
CCGS Bartlett

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

Weather at Bartlett:
Wind: SSE 10 kts, gusting to 15 kts
Seas: 0.5m swell from W, 8 second period
Skies: 8/8 overcast
Barometer: 1012.8 Steady
Visibility: 10 NM
Temp: 8.3°C
Precipitation: light rain

Environment Canada Marine Forecast – Central Coast from McInnes Island to Pine Island (1030):

Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots becoming southeast 20 to 30 early this evening then diminishing to southerly 5 to 15 early Tuesday morning. Wind backing to southeast 10 to 20 Tuesday evening.

All spill assets are in place. DB general is rigged and lifting the NES. Wheelhouse of NES visible. Receiving barge is on site and will be moving into position, currently standing by.


Issued 10:16 AM PST 14 November 2016

A weak ridge of high pressure will build over Vancouver Island today and shift eastward to lie over the BC Interior this evening. A trough of low pressure will approach Washington state from the southwest tonight. Meanwhile a deep low pressure centre will lie well offshore and will slowly approach the coast while it fills.

Light to moderate winds will prevail near the ridge. Strong to gale force southwesterlies will continue today over the northern offshore waters with the approaching offshore low. Otherwise moderate to strong southerlies will prevail.


Issued 10:30 AM PST 14 November 2016

Today Tonight and Tuesday Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots increasing to southeast 30 early this evening then diminishing to southerly 5 to 15 early Tuesday morning


Issued 04:00 AM PST 14 November 2016

Today Tonight and Tuesday Seas 3 to 4 metres.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 14 November 2016

Wednesday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots diminishing to southeast 5 to 15 in the afternoon.
Thursday – Wind variable 5 to 15 knots becoming southeast 5 to 15 late in the day.
Friday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots increasing to southeast 25 to 35.