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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

UNIFIED COMMAND BEGINS IMPLEMENTING PLAN FOR STERN OF NEW CARISSA

State and federal agencies will be involved in decision-making process

Waldport, Ore., March 10, 1999 1800 hours

The Unified Command announced today that they will begin implementing plans for the future of the stern section of the New Carissa. The stern is slowly sinking in sand about 700 feet off the beach in Coos Bay, Ore.

There will be two steps in the process, one that will be implemented within the next two weeks, and one that will ultimately produce a long-term plan for the stern.

"During the first phase, we'll remove any hazardous materials from the stern, take off any items that might entice people to go out to the stern, and do everything we can to limit access to the vessel," said Bill Milwee, a representative of the responsible party and a member of the Unified Command. "We need simultaneous daylight, good weather and a low tide to do these things, but we're hoping to get started on March 21st."

In order to develop a long-term plan, the Unified Command will hold a meeting in Coos Bay on March 19 with all state and federal agencies that are involved in the process. The meeting will help ensure that issues and concerns from all parties are addressed.

On Tuesday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber sent a letter to the owners of the ship. He asked that they remove the stern section from the beach in Coos Bay if it can be done without unacceptable environmental impacts, or provide financial assurances that a suitable evaluation will occur and the stern will be addressed expeditiously and to the state's satisfaction. The ship's owners and state officials are working together to develop plans for dealing with the stern section.



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