Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Crowley Situation Report #2, December 29, as of 5:00pm
Crowley Situation Report #2:
Busby Island Bay Response
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.
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.