Seaforth Channel Incident

Incident Start Date
October 13, 2016 01:13

Current Date/Time
November 16, 2016 09:00

Next Situation Report
November 17, 2016 -17:00 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. At 1735, November 14, the Nathan E Stewart was secured on barge and moved to Norman Morrison Bay.

• 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 providing field transport of personnel between Bella Bella and the Nathan E Stewart site as needed.
• 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
• Shoreline Cleanup south of casualty site on North shore of Althone Island
• Barge CENTRAL COASTER and CEFER Raider at casualty site for additional vessel debris recovery
• Nathen E. Stewart has been secured to Barge MLT 4000-2 and ready for transport

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.
• EAGLE BAY on site at Norman Morison at the MLT 4000-2.
• Gale Creek boom retrieval operations by Helo at 1200.

Air Operations
• Helo crew drops –Gale Creek drops plus Coast Guard for slinging operations
• One helo available for operations
• Boom Slinging operations: 1200
• Observation flight at 0900, accountability flight at 1600.
• Dash 7 flights : 1010

• Decontamination set up at Shearwater.
• Secondary set up at Gale creek entrance with on scene cleaning and waste collection
• Creating priority vessel list for demob & decontamination.
• Vessel Decontamination Plan is in place and decontamination of some assets will start tomorrow.


• Team 1 – Dive only boat. Diving on casualty site and relocation path.
• Team 2 : Full sample suite at Gale Passage High Beach, Gale Passage Narrows and Dundavin
• Team 3: Troupe N, Gunboat and Gulchecks
• Team 4: E and W Gale Creek
• 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.

• 5 SCAT teams, accompanied by 1 sampling team, surveying the lower Gale Creek area and continued index sites .
• All pre-SCAT completed

• Monitoring wildlife up to the 200m exclusion zone in either area.

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

• 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 (16 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: ESE 15kts, gusting 20kts
Seas: 0.5m swell from W, 7 second period
Skies: 8/8 overcast
Barometer: 1008.8 mb steady
Visibility: 4 NM
Temp: 5.9 C
Precipitation: Light rain

Environment Canada Marine Forecast – Central Coast from McInnes Island to Pine Island (0400):

Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots.


Bartlett monitoring NES site.


Issued 4:00 AM PST 16 November 2016

Today Tonight and Thursday At 4:00 a.m. PST today weakening low 1005 mb located over northern Bowie. By 4:00 a.m. PST Thursday dissipating low located over southern Bowie.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 16 November 2016

Today Tonight and Thursday Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots


Issued 04:00 AM PST 16 November 2016

Today Tonight and ThursdaySeas 2 to 3 metres subsiding to 1 to 2 Thursday afternoon


Issued 04:00 AM PST 16 November 2016

Friday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots increasing to southeast 25 to 35 in the afternoon.
Saturday – Wind east 20 to 30 knots.
Sunday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots diminishing to southeast 10 to 15.