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New Carissa, dry bulk freighter, Coos Bay, Oregon, grounded ship
- The New Carissa was a Panamanian-flagged dry bulk freighter optimized for carriage of wood chips (used for paper pulp production). The ship ran aground on the beach 4.5 kms north of the entrance to Coos Bay in Oregon. Two of the five fuel tanks on the ship began to leak fuel onto the beach, eventually spilling approximately 70,000 U.S. gallons (262,500 liters) of thick "bunker C" fuel oil and diesel onto the beach and into the water.
A new technique was attempted to minimize environmental damage by bombing the grounded ship with Napalm in an attempt to burn off the leaking fuel oil. Despite the large loss of marine life, the initial burning of the oil and the successful removal of the bow section prevented what could have been a worse spill. Captain Mike Hall of the Coast Guard stated that "at least 82 percent of the oil onboard the New Carissa never reached the wildlife or the pristine shoreline of Oregon's coast".
It was fascinating watching this aerial assault on this hapless ship hulk. Seeing it split in two and burning almost felt like i was in a war zone.
Pollution, Contamination, Air Quality, Toxic Waste, Environment, Environmental, Shipwreck, boat wreck, Vessel, Maritime, Disaster, Accident, Ship, boat, Hull, blight, decay
- Image by:
- Wernher Krutein