Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crowley Situation Report #2, December 29, as of 5:00pm

Crowley Situation Report #2:

Busby Island Bay Response
Project Plan

SITREP #2- December 29, 2009 @ 1700 hrs

Pathfinder Fuel Transfer

At 1925hrs 28DEC09, the fuel transfer operations from the PATHFINDER to the Petro Star tank farm were completed. Volumes received at the tank farm were gauged by an independent testing company, Caleb Brett.

At 1102 hrs 29DEC09 the Tug PATHFINDER was flat towed by the tug INVADER from the Valdez Petroleum Dock (VPT) to the Valdez Container Dock (VCT) in Port Valdez. The vessel was attended by two line boats and the VALDEZ STAR.

At 1204hrs, the PATHFINDER was moored at the (VCT). The tug is fully boomed and there is a 24 hour security watch aboard.

Emerald Environmental Services began removing the liquid contents of the PATHFINDER dirty oil tank at 1445hrs. The operation will continue with the vessels dirty water tanks, and vessel engine room bilge. Transfer operations are being conducted in accordance with Crowley’s documented procedures. In addition, her fuel tanks, which were previous discharged at the VPT, will be vacuumed stripped of any residual fuel.

As of 1700 today, December 29:
The tug Pathfinder is secured and boomed at the Valdez Container Dock (VCT) in Port Valdez. There is 24 hour security.
Transfer operations continue with Emerald Environmental Services.
Diesel fuel volumes are in final calculations.
An Independent Marine Surveyor is scheduled to visit the vessel on 30DEC09.
Pathfinder Towage
Crowley is in the process of preparing a towing plan for repositioning the PATHFINDER to a repair facility, location not yet determined. The tow plan will be approved by the United States Coast Guard prior to further movement of the vessel.

1 comment:

  1. The boat surveyor’s Dubairole in its investigation and reporting.
    Because my principal experience as a surveyor over the years has been
    as an underwriters’ surveyor, my comments in this paper are
    understandably slanted towards insurance claims but many of the
    principles will not be lost on surveyors appointed by other principals.
    The role of independent marine surveyors
    It is well established that a surveyor’s principal role is to establish
    the facts as they relate to nature, cause and extent (three words
    with which I am sure you are all very familiar) when instructed to
    carry out a damage or loss survey but, of the three, we are
    principally concerned in this paper with cause/causation.
    However, before becoming immersed in discussion on this
    fundamental role I am going to remind you briefly that a surveyor
    has at least two other important functions.
    A marine insurance policy will often contain a clause specifically
    alerting the assured to their responsibilities to take appropriate
    steps to mitigate a loss and to claim on third parties.
    The assured is required to do both of these as a condition of
    acceptance of any claim under the policy but in any event, under
    English law, it a common law requirement for a claimant to
    mitigate a loss, as it is under the law of many other countries.
    Mitigation of loss
    Hull and machinery Surveyors, from their wide experience of marine claims in one form
    or another, are often in a very good position to advise a claimant on
    both their need to mitigate a loss, and also in many cases on the
    best method of doing so.
    However, surveyors must bear in mind that it is not their role to
    actually involve themselves with the appropriate action unless
    otherwise instructed by their principals.