Seaforth Channel Incident

Incident Start Date
October 13, 2016 01:13

Current Date/Time
November 13, 2016 09:00

Next Situation Report
November 13, 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, 128.23.160W at the entrance to Seaforth Channel. The tug remains aground on Athlone Island, approximately 15.5 nm from Bella Bella by water. The tug is aground in shallow water and is partially submerged.
**Volume estimates were updated as follows (on 28 Oct 2016):
The tug was loaded with 223,831 litres of diesel fuel. Kirby was able to confirm that 24,605 litres of diesel fuel were pumped from the tug into tank 3 port on the barge before the pumps failed due to water in the engine room. As of 24/10/16, 110,131 liters of an oil-water mixture has been pumped off of the vessel. At this time all tanks aboard the tug have been pumped off to a lightering vessel. Protective booming of the tug will remain in place throughout the salvage operation. Initial calculations based on volumes recovered have been revised and are estimated at 101,104 litres of diesel and 3,668 litres (down from 4,883 litres) of lubricants (lube oil, hydraulic oil, gear oil, and spent lube) released to the environment. Further analysis of the composition of the recovered product will be required prior to a definitive number being released. ***

• 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)
Clay Evans (Federal Incident Commander)
John Kervel (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
• Wind and waves expected to continue until late this afternoon/evening.
• NOTAM extended to November 15th.
• Small vessels to stand down and will reevaluate at 1200.
• CCGS Gordon Reid moved anchor 1.5NM west of Idol Point. Continue to assist with traffic control and safety in the area.
• 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 1 and GORDON REID 1 at Nathan E. Stewart site for enforcement of exclusion zones, safety, and support.
• CCGS Tully 1 and Cape St. James providing field transport of personnel between Bella Bella and the Nathan E Stewart site as needed.
• 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
• Vessel secured with a 10 ton anchor at lifting location
• DB General at Norman Morrison standing by for lifting.

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*)
• Small vessels to stand down and will reevaluate at 1200.
• East Kepner boom was redeployed yesterday south of Nathan E Stewart to protect shoreline from any potential releases.
• EAGLE BAY repositioned 1000’ Kepner boom west of Nathan E. Stewart yesterday to deflect any release into skimming vessels.
• 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 LITTLE CHRISTY on standby at mouth of Gale Creek with on-water recovery resources on board.

Air Operations
• Overflights will commence at 0900.
• Additional overflights may be available weather permitting.
• Dash 7 to conduct overflights weather permitting. Reevaluating weather at 1000.

• Plan in development


• Sampling team 2 survey Raymond & Quinoot, team 3 Berry & Dufferin
• Sampling team 1 (sea floor survey) to stand down until vessel removal.
• 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.

• SCAT to stand down until vessel removal.
• Completed Athlone Island segments yesterday.
• All pre-SCAT completed

• Wildlife personnel onsite at the South side of Seaforth Channel and North Gale Creek with close monitoring around casualty site.

• Archaeology did not go out yesterday.
• Archaeology to survey areas in and around Gale Creek today.

• Roger Girourd, Assistant Commissioner CCG departing today.
• Cultural briefings are available for all incoming personnel.
• Spill information website has been activated

On scene update from CCGS Bartlett
0700 ON WATER WEATHER REPORT (13 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° 24.0’ W)

Weather at Bartlett:
Wind: SE 22 kts, gusting to 32 kts
Seas: 0.5m swell from W, 10 second period
Skies: 8/8 overcast
Barometer: 1001.3 mb falling slowly
Visibility: 6 NM
Temp: 10.9° C
Precipitation: Light Rain

Environment Canada Marine Forecast – Central Coast from McInnes Island to Pine Island (0040):

Storm warning in effect. Wind southeast 15 knots veering to southwest 15 to 20 near noon then increasing to south 20 to 30 late this afternoon. Wind increasing to southeast 30 to 40 this evening and to southeast 40 to 50 overnight. Wind diminishing to southeast 30 to 40 Sunday morning and to south 10 to 20 Sunday afternoon.


Issued 3:59 AM PST 13 November 2016

A frontal system extending from Haida Gwaii southward to Explorer, will intensify this morning as a frontal wave tracking northward along the front reaches Queen Charlotte Sound. The front will then weaken as it makes its way through the South Coast this afternoon and evening.

Gale to storm force southeasterlies will prevail ahead of the frontal system over all northern and central waters this morning. Southeast gales will precede the front over most South Coast waters today. Winds will generally ease to moderate to strong southwesterly behind the front except over the northern offshore waters where strong to gale force southerlies are expected.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 13 November 2016

Today Tonight and Monday
Storm warning in effect. Wind southeast 35 to 45 knots except southeast 25 to 35 over northern sections. Wind increasing to southeast 45 to 55 this morning then diminishing to southeast 30 to 40 near noon. Wind diminishing to south 10 to 20 this afternoon and to light this evening. Wind increasing to south 20 Monday morning and to southeast 30 Monday evening.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 13 November 2016

Today Tonight and Monday
Seas 3 to 4 metres building to 4 to 6 this morning then subsiding to 3 to 4 this afternoon. Seas subsiding to 2 to 3 Monday morning then building to 3 to 4 Monday evening.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 13 November 2016

Tuesday – Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots diminishing to light in the afternoon.
Wednesday – Wind southeast 10 to 20 knots.
Thursday – Wind variable 5 to 15 knots becoming southeast 10 to 20 late in the day