Spill Reported From Sunken Barge In Whittier Following Explosion

first_imgDiving operations will begin on Wednesday to assess the condition of the barge and determine the remaining threat of pollution. Chadux continues to monitor the containment boom placed around the barge. ADEC and USCG responders are in Whittier to coordinate the response. The barge, operated by Alaganik LLC, is estimated to have 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 2,800 gallons ofdiesel, and some hydraulic and engine oil on board. The maximum capacity of the barge is up to 5,500 gallons. The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one person remains missing after the explosion and fire. The operator of the barge has contracted Alaska Chadux Corporation (Chadux) and Global Diving and Salvage for spill response and salvage operations, according to the ADEC.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Following an explosion and fire at the dock in Whittier on Sunday night, a nearby barge caught fire and then sunk at the end of the pier in 60‐80 feet of water. A bystander reported seeing a sheen in the water to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday morning at the end of the pier. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.last_img

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