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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 TRAVELS 40 MILES DURING FIRST DAY AT SEA

Waldport, Ore., March 8, 1999 1930 hours

The tug Sea Victory averaged about seven miles per hour today and by 5:00 this afternoon had towed the bow of the New Carissa 40 miles west of Waldport after pulling it off a sandbar at 3:15 this morning.

Equipment used in the towing preparations was lifted off the bow by 8:30 a.m., and the four-person salvage crew that stayed on-board the ship overnight was off by 9:00 a.m. The tug began the 48- to 60-hour trip 248 miles to sea right after the crew came off the bow. Once it reaches the designated spot, the bow will be sunk in more than 6,000 feet of water.

"We did an overflight of the vessel today and it appears to be riding well under tow," said Gary Reiter of Gallagher Marine Systems, Inc., and deputy incident commander for the Unified Command. "There was a slight sheen behind the bow, but it was not recoverable and dissipated within a very short distance of the vessel."

The Unified Command announced today that a Navy destroyer, the USS David R. Ray, will sink the bow of the New Carissa.

In addition to the Sea Victory, three vessels are accompanying the New Carissa on its trip to sea:

  • The Oregon Responder, an oil skimmer that will pick up any recoverable oil that may spill from the bow of the New Carissa;

     

  • The Miss Law, a 60-foot fishing vessel and support vessel for the Oregon Responder; and

     

  • The tug Natoma, a support vessel for the Sea Victory.

Other updates in the New Carissa incident:

CLEANUP STATUS

  • Crews today cleaned up the beach where the vessel had been and collected only a few bags of lightly oiled thatch. Cleanup crews working from the south jetty to the north spit at Alsea Bay collected only two bags of waste today. Cleanup efforts in Yachats produced one bag of waste today.

     

  • About a quart of oil was discovered on grass at Shepard's point in Alsea Bay. Crews began cleaning the area this afternoon and will continue to recover oil from the area tomorrow morning.

     

  • Crews will remove the hard, or protective, boom in Alsea Bay tomorrow. It will be kept on standby so it can be quickly replaced if necessary. The absorbent boom will remain in place.

WILDLIFE UPDATE (COOS BAY AND WALDPORT)

 

  • A total of 178 birds have been through rehabilitation since the New Carissa was first grounded on Feb 4. 155 of those had visible oil on them.

     

  • 327 birds have died in rehab or been found dead on the beach since Feb. 4. 145 of those had visible oil on them.

     

  • The overall percentage of oiled birds has dropped dramatically since the bow of the New Carissa was first grounded in Waldport. For three days, from March 4 to March 6, the percentage of oiled birds sighted by biologists ranged from 18 to 20 percent in a 20-mile stretch from the Yachats River north to the Yaquina south jetty. For March 7 and 8, the percentage of oiled birds sighted in the same 20-mile stretch was 3 to 6 percent.

COST UPDATE

 

  • The latest cost estimate for removing the bow of the New Carissa and cleaning up the beaches is $12 million.



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