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New Carissa, 1999
  PREPARATIONS CONTINUE TO TOW THE NEW CARISSA
  UNIFIED COMMAND CONFIRMS EARLIER REPORT OF VESSEL CONDITION
  HELICOPTER ACTIVITES UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR NEW CARISSA'S TOW TO SEA
  NUMBERS ESTABLISHED TO REPORT OILED WILDLIFE, RECEIVE CLEANUP TRAINING
  CREWS COMPLETE PREPARATIONS TO NEW TOWLINE, EXPECT TO MAKE CONNECTION TOMORROW
  ESTIMATED NUMBER OF BIRDS IMPACTED BY OIL FROM THE NEW CARISSA REPORTED
  CREWS EXPECT TO SPEND MORNING CONNECTING TUG AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA
  SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS SOUGHT BY THE UNIFIED COMMAND INDICATES OIL ON BEACHES MAY BE FROM NEW CARISSA
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA BEGINS TO TURN TOWARD SEA
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA FACING WEST
  EFFORTS TO REFLOAT BOW OF NEW CARISSA WILL CONTINUE EARLY TOMORROW MORNING
  REMAINING WESTERN SNOWY PLOVERS RELEASED FROM REHABILITATION IN COOS BAY
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA BEGINS TRIP TO SEA
  COMMERCIAL SHELLFISH HARVESTING AND RECREATIONAL CLAMMING REOPENED IN YAQUINA BAY
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA TRAVELS 40 MILES DURING FIRST DAY AT SEA
  TUG SEA VICTORY AND BOW OF NEW CARISSA MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
  NEW CARISSA MIDWAY TO FINAL RESTING PLACE
  BEACH CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE
  UNIFIED COMMAND BEGINS IMPLEMENTING PLAN FOR STERN OF NEW CARISSA
  OFFICIALS DECIDE ON PLAN FOR SINKING BOW OF NEW CARISSA
  NAVY DESTROYER DAVID R. RAY ARRIVES AT SINKING SITE
  BOW OF NEW CARISSA SINKS TO RESTING SITE
  OIL SKIMMER OREGON RESPONDER DOES NOT FIND OIL AFTER BOW OF NEW CARISSA SINKS
  OVERFLIGHT OF NEW CARISSA RESTING SITE FINDS VERY LITTLE OIL

BOW OF NEW CARISSA BEGINS TO TURN TOWARD SEA

The Unified Command expects to see more dramatic movement overnight

Waldport, Ore., March 6, 1999 1900 hours

The tug Sea Victory was able to turn the bow of the New Carissa 31 degrees toward sea today, and the Unified Command expects the bow to turn further during the 7.1-foot high tide at 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning.

"We're very pleased with the movement today, and optimistic that the tug will be able to make significant progress overnight," said Bill Milwee of Gallagher Marine Services and a member of the Unified Command.

Earlier today a helicopter delivered one end of the towline to the bow of the New Carissa and the other end to the tug Sea Victory. The tug began pulling on the bow around 11:45 this morning. It will continue pulling at about 50 percent power overnight, and will use more power during the early Sunday morning high tide.

Other updates related to the New Carissa:

  • A total of 103 cubic yards of waste have been collected by clean up crews since the ship came aground in Waldport.

     

  • 136 birds have been through rehabilitation since the ship first leaked oil on Feb. 4 in Coos Bay. 116 of those had visible oil on them.

     

  • A total of 268 birds have been found dead since Feb. 4. In the Coos Bay morgue, there are 216 birds, 99 of which had visible oil on them. The other 52 are in the Waldport morgue; the number of oiled birds received by the Waldport morgue has not yet been tallied.



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